WASHINGTON: The United States said on Thursday it would provide more than $720 million (565.24 million pounds) in humanitarian assistance for the response to the crisis in Syria and nearly $108 million (84.79 million pounds) for South Sudan.
Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun made the announcement on Syria at an event on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York. He said the money would go “both for Syrians inside the country and for those in desperate need across the region.”
At the same event, Acting USAID Administrator John Barsa announced nearly $108 million for the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan.
Biegun said the additional funds for Syria would bring total U.S. support since the start of the crisis there to more than $12 billion.
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