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U.S. aid for Syria reaches USD 82 million - State department.

| WASHINGTON, Augt 11 (KUNA) -- The latest addition of USD 5.5 million in humanitarian aid for Syria's refugees brings the total of aid thus far to USD 82 million, the U.S. State department highlighted Saturday, adding that it is focusing diplomatic efforts on helping humanitarian groups reach those in need.

The latest announcement of USD 5.5 million in humanitarian aid focuses on Syrian refugees inside Turkey, the State department mentioned in a media note. The additional funding will provide tents, blankets, kitchen sets, and other critical relief supplies to the more than 50,000 people who fled to camps in Turkey to escape the violence in Syria.

This funding will also support increased access to basic health care, mobile health clinics, and psychosocial support services to help Syrians.

The bulk of U.S. aid is going to the World Food Program and the United Nation's High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), USD 27.5 million and USD 23.1 million respectively. Non-governmental organizations (NGOS) also receive USD 15.1 million, according to State department figures.

The State department thanked the assistance from Syria's neighboring countries in helping those fleeing from Syria.

"We recognize the generosity of the Governments of Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq, who have kept their borders open and are hosting and providing assistance to those fleeing the violence in Syria. We commend the efforts of the United Nations and other international organizations and nongovernmental organizations to ease the trauma that the conflict in Syria has inflicted on those fleeing the violence," the State department said.(end) hy.ajs KUNA 112031 Aug 12NNNN

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Date:Aug 11, 2012
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