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US boosts Syria aid to over US$100 million

WASHINGTON--The United States Wednesday unveiled US$21 million in new aid help those caught up in the conflict in Syria, boosting its humanitarian funding to over US$100 million.

Rajiv Shah, head of the U.S. Agency for International Development, announced during a visit to Jordan that the new funds would be made available to the U.N. World Food Program to help feed Syrians both inside and outside the country.

"With this new assistance, the United States is providing a total of more than US$100 million for humanitarian activities both inside Syria and in neighboring countries," the State Department said in a statement.

The United States was "deeply concerned by the humanitarian crisis caused by violence in Syria," it said, adding that more than "100,000 refugees have flooded into neighboring countries in the month of August, stretching host country capacity.

"We commend the generosity of Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, and Iraq in assisting approximately 240,000 Syrians who have fled."

According to U.N. figures, some 2.5 million people in Syria are in need of humanitarian assistance, more than double the number assessed in March, and over 1.2 million have been internally displaced.

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