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Obama Announces $195 Million in Humanitarian Aid for Syria

President Barack Obama speaks to U.S. troops and their families at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Aug. 7, 2013.
President Barack Obama announced the United States is providing an additional $195 million in food and humanitarian aid to help the Syrian people on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan.

The White House issued a statement from the president to Muslims celebrating the religious holiday, also known as the Feast of Breaking the Fast.

The statement says the total U.S. humanitarian aid contribution to the Syrian people since the civil war began there totals more than $1 billion.

“Many of us have had the opportunity to break fast with our Muslim friends and colleagues – a tradition that reminds us to be grateful for our blessings and to show compassion for the less fortunate among us, including millions of Syrians who spent Ramadan displaced from their homes, their families, and their loved ones,” said the statement by Obama.

Rebels trying to topple the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have accused Washington of being slow to provide weapons and military support to their uprising, which started two and a half years ago.The U.S. has, though, been providing humanitarian aid throughout the conflict.