Italy allocates 3 mln euros for Syria, Foreign ministry says

Aid earmarked for civilians fleeing from Aleppo

12 February, 20:40

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, FEBRUARY 12 - In the light of the humanitarian truce agreed at Munich, Italy has allocated 3 million euros earmarked for assistance to Syrian civilians, the Italian foreign Ministry said Friday.

    "This is emergency assistance aimed at relieving the suffering of tens of thousands of Syrian civilians, mainly women and children, fleeing from the bombardments and violence under way in the north of the country close to Aleppo," Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni said.

    Two million euros will go to the World Food Programme (WFP) to ensure distribution of foodstuffs (vegetables, rice, sugar, flour, vegetable oil) to the more than 30,000 refugees the UN estimates are fleeing toward the Turkish frontier in villages of the governorate of Aleppo.

    A further 1 million euros will be entrusted to the UN Office for Coordination of humanitarian activities (OCHA) for the purchase and distribution of tents, stoves, fuel and toiletries for personal hygiene.

    The Italian contribution, defined by an agreement with the Italian Agency for Cooperation and Development (Aics) is part of an overall commitment announced by donors in London on February 4 envisaging a triennial intervention plan of dlrs 400 million for humanitarian projects and support for the development of Syria and other countries in the region. (ANSAmed).

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