SNP member of the European Parliament, Alyn Smith, has welcomed the European Commission’s announcement of additional €64 million humanitarian support for the victims of Syria’s crisis, following further large-scale displacements of people across Syria and in neighbouring countries.
“Syria’s humanitarian crisis is spinning out of control, leaving relief agencies overstretched and struggling to cope with a massive surge in refugee numbers.
“Today’s announcement is just a drop in the ocean of needs and, while the European Commission shoulders its responsibility, all donors must stand by their commitments made in support of the people of Syria.
“The humanitarian crisis is worsening day by day and the civilians continue to bear the brunt of this conflict which, according to official UN estimates, has already claimed more than 220,000 lives.
“Meanwhile, more than 12.2 million people continue to require life-saving aid. The fighting has also provoked massive displacement with more than 4 million people having sought refuge in neighbouring countries, with a further 7.6 million displaced within Syria.
“In the absence of a political solution, the EU and its Member States have so far mobilised €3.7 billion and the additional support will bring vital aid to the people in need both inside Syria and in the neighbouring countries hosting Syrian refugees.
“The Syrian people are victims of the worst humanitarian crisis of our time and the numbers of people affected speak for themselves; this crisis is a huge challenge and remain so for months and years to come.”
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