April 16, 2018 / 9:48 PM / a year ago

France announces 50 million euros humanitarian aid for Syria

(This version of the April 16 story corrects to show Action Against Hunger, not Action Aid participated in the meeting.)

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday France will contribute 50 million euros (43.5 million pounds) towards urgent humanitarian aid for Syria following a meeting with a group of non-governmental organisations (NGO) in Paris.

“This evening I brought together NGOs working on the ground in Syria. Faced with the humanitarian situation, France is setting up an emergency programme of 50 million euros,” Macron said on his official Twitter account.

The funds will be allocated to NGOs and U.N. agencies working on the ground in Syria, including the U.N. office for humanitarian affairs, the French president’s office said.

Some two dozens NGOs participated in the meeting with Macron at the Elysee presidential palace, including Action Against Hunger, Handicap International, the Red Cross, and Care.

According to United Nations estimates, some 13 million people including six million children are in need of humanitarian aid in Syria, ravaged by a seven-year war that has displaced millions.

The United Nations said on Thursday that it was hopeful of getting aid to at least 100,000 Syrians who are desperate for help after months of battle ended years of siege around the rebel-held enclave of eastern Ghouta.

Reporting by Marine Pennetier; Writing by Bate Felix; Editing by Sandra Maler

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