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    EU to Provide $3.5Mln in Humanitarian Aid for Polio Vaccination in Syria

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    Christos Stylianides, the EU commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, called on the parties to the Syrian conflict to cease targeting the civilian population and medical facilities, in accordance with international humanitarian law, and to allow medical items through the aid convoys.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The European Commission announced on Tuesday it would provide 3 million euros ($3.5 million) to the polio vaccination campaign led by the United Nations Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) all across Syria.

    "Today we are announcing concrete support for Syrian children who are the first to suffer from inadequate access to healthcare. The EU is committed to supporting the most vulnerable victims of the Syrian conflict. Our support can make a real difference. It can save lives and improve conditions," Christos Stylianides, the EU commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, said in a statement.

    He called on the parties to the Syrian conflict to cease targeting the civilian population and medical facilities, in accordance with international humanitarian law, and to allow medical items through the aid convoys.

    The WHO-UNICEF initiative is planning to reach two million Syrian children in zones where medical access is rarely available, for instance, in the besieged areas.

    Fighting in Syria has escalated despite the ongoing ceasefire in place since February 27. Last week, a deadly airstrike targeted the Quds hospital in the northern city of Aleppo. WHO and UNICEF then claimed that two doctors, one of them the only remaining pediatrician in Aleppo, as well as three paramedics were among the victims

    The EU Commission's contribution is part of 445 million euros in humanitarian aid announced during the Supporting Syria Conference held in London in February.

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