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EU raises emergency aid for Syria by $235 million
EU increases humanitarian and development aid for Syria crisis by $235 million
Associated Press
2014-07-29 10:42 PM

BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union says it is increasing its Syria aid by 175 million euros ($235 million) to help those most affected by the fighting and to help neighboring countries cope with an influx of refugees.

The EU says the bloc's 28 member nations on Tuesday decided to increase humanitarian assistance by 50 million euros to 150 million euros for 2014. It says EU governments also decided to increase development aid to Syria's neighbors by 125 million euros to 200 million euros to help them address medium-term needs resulting from "the unprecedented flow of refugees."

The increased funding comes on top of bilateral grants from EU member nations.

Syria's civil war has killed at least 170,000 people. Nearly 3 million Syrians have fled the country.

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