US announces millions in humanitarian assistance for Syria
New York, New York - The United States on Wednesday announced it would provide an additional $756 million of humanitarian assistance to the Syrian people.
Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the US ambassador to the United Nations, announced the aid at Wednesday's Syria Political-Humanitarian Briefing at the UN Security Council, according to a statement by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
The $756 million is in addition to some $808 million announced by Thomas-Greenfield earlier in the year.
Washington has provided nearly $15.7 billion in humanitarian assistance since the beginning of the conflict in Syria, the Department of State said.
A civil war has been raging in Syria for more than 11 years, leaving hundreds of thousands dead. The government of President Bashar al-Assad has reasserted control of around three-quarters of the country, though living conditions for much of the population continue to be dire.
More than 12 million Syrians have been displaced since 2011, with more than 7 million of them within Syria, according to the UN.
Syria has for months been suffering from a severe economic crisis, which has led to skyrocketing prices and severe bottlenecks in the supply of food and gasoline.
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