Germany increases humanitarian aid to Syria

German government has decided to increase its humanitarian aid to Syria by a further 40 million euros (over $49 million), an official statement said Wednesday.

IANS| Updated: Dec 04, 2014, 04:44 AM IST

Berlin: German government has decided to increase its humanitarian aid to Syria by a further 40 million euros (over $49 million), an official statement said Wednesday.

It brings the total amount of humanitarian assistance to the region, as promised by the ministry this year, to 162 million euros.

"It cannot be accepted that families go hungry and are freezing because aid agencies have no money to support them," Xinhua quoted German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier as saying.

The World Food Programme (WFP) reportedly announced Monday that it had to suspend its food aid in Syria and neighbouring countries due to lack of donor funds.

According to German foreign ministry`s statement, the additional 40-million-euro aid will be used to support the WFP and other aid measures by the UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross in providing help to Syria, Jordan and Turkey.