UK Increases Humanitarian Aid to Conflict-Torn Syria at Over $3.3 Billion

© REUTERS / SANA/Handout via ReutersSyrian army soldiers, members of security services and civilians inspect the site of two bomb explosions in the Syrian city of Homs, Syria, in this handout picture provided by SANA on December 28, 2015
Syrian army soldiers, members of security services and civilians inspect the site of two bomb explosions in the Syrian city of Homs, Syria, in this handout picture provided by SANA on December 28, 2015 - Sputnik International
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The United Kingdom will allocate at least 1.2 billion British pounds ($1.75 billion) more in aid to conflict-torn Syria, the aid will be allocated over the next 4 years, the office of Prime Minister David Cameron announced.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The United Kingdom will allocate at least 1.2 billion British pounds ($1.75 billion) more in aid to conflict-torn Syria and the region, the aid will be allocated over the next 4 years, the office of Prime Minister David Cameron announced.

"The UK has already pledged £1.12bn in the region, making it the second biggest bilateral donor in the world. Today’s announcement will see an extra £1.2bn plus being spent between 2016 and 2020, taking the UK’s total investment to more than £2.3bn [about $3.36 billion]," a Thursday statement from Downing Street says.

According to the statement, the aid will help fund education and jobs and will contribute to humanitarian protection in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.

"Today’s pledge of more than £2.3bn in UK aid sets the standard for the international community – more money is needed to tackle this crisis and it is needed now."

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