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US to Give $155 Million in Syrian Humanitarian Aid

Jan 29, 2013

The United States is to provide an additional $155 million in humanitarian aid to the Syrian people, President Barack Obama said Tuesday.

"I want to speak directly to the people of Syria. This new aid will mean more warm clothing for children and medicine for the elderly; flour and wheat for your families and blankets, boots and stoves for those huddled in damaged buildings," Obama said in an online video with Arabic subtitles aimed at the Syrian people.

The announcement, which is set to raise total US aid to $365 million, came on the eve of a donors conference in Kuwait.

"The Syrian people will have their chance to forge their own future," he said, pointing to a continued weakening of Bashar al-Assad's regime. "And they will continue to find a partner in the United States of America."



Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH


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