US gives $2 mn more in Syrian humanitarian aid

8th March 2012, Comments 0 comments

The United States said Thursday it would contribute $2 million more in international humanitarian aid for strife-torn Syria, and urged Damascus to allow aid workers to access civilians in need.

US deputy secretary of state for population, refugees and migration Kelly Clements announced the fresh funds at an aid coordination meeting in Geneva on Syria, where a brutal crackdown by the ruling regime has taken more than 7,500 lives.

The money will go towards providing emergency medical care, as well as the delivery of water, food, blankets, heaters, and hygiene kits to Syrian civilians.

"Safe access to affected areas, in order to identify the greatest needs and deliver needed assistance, is still not permitted by the Syrian regime," said Clements, according to a statement issued by the US embassy to the United Nations.

"All parties to the conflict have the responsibility to grant and secure this access," she said.

The fresh aid funds bring US contributions to relief aid in Syria to more than $12 million.

© 2012 AFP

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