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US pledges more aid to Syrian Opposition

Last Updated: Saturday, September 29, 2012 - 10:05

Washington: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced late Friday the US government will provide millions of additional dollars in assistance to the Syrian opposition.

"The regime of Bashar al-Assad must come to an end so that the suffering of the Syrian people can stop and a new dawn can begin," said Clinton at a meeting of the Friends of Syria Group in New York.
Clinton announced an additional $30 million to help with food, water, blankets, and other humanitarian assistance.

"As more parts of Syria`s control slip from the regime to the opposition, we`re supporting civilian opposition groups as they begin providing essential services -- reopening schools, rebuilding homes, and the other necessities of life," Clinton told the group.

Clinton also pledged an additional $15 million of non-lethal aid to support Syrian civilian opposition groups, bumping the total US commitment to humanitarian funding for Syria to more than $130 million so far.

According to reports at least 30,000 people have died during Syria`s 18-month uprising.


First Published: Saturday, September 29, 2012 - 10:05

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