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    EU to Give $370 Million to Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon, Iraq to Assist Refugees

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    According to European Commission, EU Regional Trust Fund has decided to provide financial support of some 350 million euros ($370 million) to countries that are hosting the largest number of Syrian refugees.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) The EU Regional Trust Fund has decided to provide financial support of some 350 million euros ($370 million) to countries that are hosting the largest number of Syrian refugees, namely Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq, the European Commission said in a press release Tuesday.

    "Today, the EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian crisis adopted a package of programmes totaling €350 million… The programmes will in the coming months help up to 1.5 million Syrian refugees and overstretched host communities in Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and Iraq," the release reads.

    According to the document, the assistance will include the provision of basic education and child protection, better access to healthcare, improved water and waste-water infrastructure and support the creation of economic opportunities and social inclusion.

    Syria has been engulfed in a civil war since 2011. The internal conflict is responsible for the largest refugee population in the world, with more than 4 million refugees having fled Syria to neighboring Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq, and Egypt, according to UN data.

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