US sending $195 million more in aid to Syria

Package of humanitarian and food aid brings total US assistance to over $1 billion since civil war began

Syrian children wait in line for food at a refugee camp near the Turkish border, in Azaz, Syria, last December (photo credit: AP/Manu Brabo)
Syrian children wait in line for food at a refugee camp near the Turkish border, in Azaz, Syria, last December (photo credit: AP/Manu Brabo)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the US is providing an additional $195 million in humanitarian and food aid to Syria.

That means the US has now sent more than $1 billion in humanitarian aid since the 2-year-old Syrian civil war started.

Obama is timing the new aid to coincide with Eid al-Fitr, a holiday marking the end of Ramadan, Islam’s holy month of fasting.

Obama says many Americans have celebrated Ramadan with Muslims. He says millions in Syria are displaced and that the US wants to help.

The humanitarian aid follows recent approval of a US aid package of weapons to Syrian rebels aimed at reversing recent battlefield gains by President Bashar Assad.

The White House issued the statement Wednesday while Obama was traveling in California.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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