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US boosts aid to Syria war-affected by $439 million



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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration says it will provide another $439 million in humanitarian aid to refugees and others affected by the ongoing conflict in Syria.

Secretary of State John Kerry announced the additional assistance on Tuesday at a State Department reception to mark the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The new contribution will bring total U.S. humanitarian aid for Syria to $5.6 billion since the start of the crisis in 2012.

The money will go to fund programs run by the U.N. and other relief agencies in at least six nations, including Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt.

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