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U.S. To Send Additional $195M In Humanitarian Aid To Syria

“President Obama on Wednesday announced the U.S. would give an additional $195 million in humanitarian aid to displaced Syrians as a gesture to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the holiday marking the end of the Muslim holy month,” The Hill’s “Blog Briefing Room” reports (Easley, 8/7). “A statement from Obama marking Eid al-Fitr … said the $195 million in additional aid would bring the U.S. humanitarian contribution to more than $1 billion since the Syrian crisis began,” Reuters writes (Holland, 8/7). “The aid will include food, medical assistance and hygiene kits, clothing and household supplies,” VOA News notes, adding, “Aid agencies say Syria is facing a food crisis due to a poor harvest combined with critical shortages of staple goods caused by the country’s civil war” (8/7).