UK announces 21 million pounds in new humanitarian aid for Syrian refugees

by Hana Namrouqa JORDAN TIMES

AMMAN — The United Kingdom will provide £21 million in humanitarian assistance to Syrian refugees in Jordan and the region, British International Development Secretary Justine Greening announced on Saturday.

The aid includes winter clothing, food and medicines for Syrian refugees, Greening told reporters at a press conference.

“Ten million pounds of the new funding will help Jordan cope with the growing number of Syrian refugees, as thousands continue to cross its borders daily. The remaining funds will provide vital aid to those affected by the crisis in Syria and across the region,” Greening said.

The aid will be used to improve healthcare services and supply refugees with food, blankets, shelter kits, heating fuel and tents, she noted, adding that the assistance will be distributed by UN agencies and other humanitarian organisations.

The British official also visited the Zaatari Refugee Camp near Mafraq, 80 kilometres north of Amman, as well as a community hosting Syrian refugees in the town.

“My visit to Jordan today has given me the chance to see firsthand the incredible generosity of spirit that ordinary Jordanians have shown in opening their homes to complete strangers in need,” Greening highlighted.

With the new funding announced on Saturday, the UK has now provided £89.5 million in humanitarian aid for Syria, according to a British embassy statement.

Greening warned that other donors were still failing to deliver the help needed to prevent an escalating humanitarian crisis, despite the UN launching its biggest ever short-term appeal.

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