18 Jun 2013

US to pledge $US300m in new aid for Syria

10:22 am on 18 June 2013

President Barack Obama is to announce $US300 million in humanitarian aid to address the Syrian crisis.

The White House said on Monday that almost half of the money will go to Syria itself and the rest to neighboring countries struggling with an influx of refugees.

It said the money will be spent on food, medical equipment, water and shelter.

The United States has already donated more than $US800 million in total in aid to Syria.