The Straits Times
Published on Sep 07, 2012

EU offers $78m in extra aid for Syria


BRUSSELS (AFP) - The European Commission warned on Friday that the conflict in Syria is worsening and announced another 50 million euros (S$78 million) in humanitarian aid to help civilians caught up in the violence.

The latest aid brings the total available from the Commission to 119 million euros and its contribution in all to 200 million euros, or half of all international help offered so far.

"The humanitarian situation in Syria is worsening almost daily ... There are already tens of thousands of Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq," Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva said.

"This calls for massive and effective humanitarian aid to reach those in urgent need of medical supplies and items such as baby food," Ms Georgieva said.