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NZ increases aid for war-torn Syria

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 21/02/2018

With civilians continuing to suffer in the on-going crisis in Syria, the New Zealand government says it will send another $1.5 million in humanitarian aid.

The aid would help provide food, access to water, sanitation and medical support to those who desperately need it, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters said on Thursday.

"The situation for civilians in Syria remains dire, with more than 13 million people requiring humanitarian assistance to meet their basic needs," he said.

"The public infrastructure in Syria has been devastated. More than half the medical clinics and one in three schools have been destroyed. Access to safe drinking water is limited for much of the population."

The aid would be delivered through the Red Cross.

This latest contribution brings New Zealand's total humanitarian funding for the Syrian crisis to $23.5m since 2011.

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