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US to Provide Extra $195 Million in Aid to Syrian Rebels



U.S. President Barack Obama says the United States is providing an extra $195 million in humanitarian aid for those affected by the Syrian conflict.

A U.S. statement Wednesday said Mr. Obama is timing the new aid to coincide with Eid al-Fitr, a holiday marking the end of Ramadan, Islam's holy month of fasting.

The statement said the additional aid will bring the U.S. humanitarian contribution to more than $1 billion since the Syrian crisis began more than two years ago. The aid will include food, medical assistance and hygiene kits, clothing and household supplies.

Aid agencies say Syria is facing a food crisis due to a poor harvest combined with critical shortages of staple goods caused by the country's civil war.

More than 100,000 people have been killed and about six million driven from their homes since the Syrian conflict began in March 2011.

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