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Europe increases its humanitarian aid for the Syrian population

(B2) The European Union will increase its humanitarian aid for Syria. The announcement was made during the third international donor conference for Syria held on Tuesday (March 31) in Kuwait.

1,1 billion euros

Together, the European Commission and the Member States have committed to paying 1.1 billion euros. That is to say double the amount promised by the European Union at last year's conference (Europe alone paid 1/3 of the requested budget). Of this sum, around half (500 million euros) comes from the EU budget. Since the start of the Syrian conflict, the EU and its member states have released 3,35 billion euros.

Still a dramatic toll

The results of this conflict are always more and more dramatic. Nearly 4 million refugees (mainly Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey) and more than 12 million people need urgent humanitarian aid on Syrian territory alone. That is more than half of the Syrian population and an increase of 30% in the space of one year!

(NGV)

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Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).