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EU contributing to humanitarian convoy for Madaya, Syria

Wednesday, 13 January 2016 13:50 GMT

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The European Commission has contributed with humanitarian funding to the aid convoy sent to Madaya, Syria to assist people in need. The convoy was made up of the UN, the International Committee for the Red Cross and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent.

A total of 49 trucks delivered emergency food and medical items, as well as blankets. These supplies will reach 40 000 people in need in Madaya and 20 000 people more in Foah and Kefraya. All trucks arrived safely and the teams conducted assessments and began distribution of the aid.

Commissioner Stylianides, in charge of Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management said, "The EU is helping provide emergency humanitarian support to reach the many people suffering from this intolerable situation. We must prevent starvation and more suffering. I once again underline the need for humanitarian access to be granted unconditionally so that aid organisations can deliver vital assistance such as food and medicines to the most vulnerable."

The EU is a leading donor in the international response to the Syria crisis with over €5 billion from the EU and Member States collectively in humanitarian, development, economic and stabilisation assistance. The EU's support goes both to Syrians in their country and to refugees and their host communities in neighbouring Lebanon, Jordan, as well as Iraq and Turkey.

Read more on Syria on ECHO's website.

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