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    The Syrian foreign minister suggested several ways the Czech government could send the EU humanitarian aid to the country after a corresponding proposal from Prague, Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek announced Monday.

    PRAGUE (Sputnik) — Earlier this month, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini asked the Czech Republic to distribute the EU humanitarian aid for Syria, as no other EU states have diplomatic missions in that country. Irena Valentova, the spokeswoman for the foreign ministry, said that the Czech Embassy in Damascus was ready to do so.

    "So now after [the Syrian response] there is a way, a method to get to people who need help who are located in the areas controlled by the Syrian government," Zaoralek told reporters.

    According to Zaoralek, his Syrian counterpart Walid Muallem named several non-governmental agencies ready to distribute the EU humanitarian aid.

    Syria has been mired in civil war since 2011, with opposition factions and Islamist terrorist groups such as Daesh and the al-Nusra Front fighting the Syrian Army.

    The ongoing war has led to over four million Syrians to flee the country and a further 7.6 million to become internally displaced, according to UN estimates. According to the UN, in a number of Syrian regions people are dying of hunger and have limited access to medical care.

    Displaced families, fleeing violence in Aleppo city and from Islamic State-controlled areas in Raqqa and Deir al-Zor, sit at a school in al-Mabroukeh village in the western countryside of Ras al-Ain, Syria December 28, 2015
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    Displaced families, fleeing violence in Aleppo city and from Islamic State-controlled areas in Raqqa and Deir al-Zor, sit at a school in al-Mabroukeh village in the western countryside of Ras al-Ain, Syria December 28, 2015
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