Ireland to increase humanitarian aid to victims of Syrian crisis

It brings the total amount support pledged by the Government since 2012 to €42m

Ireland to increase humanitarian aid to victims of Syrian crisis

Refugees walk towards Macedonia after arriving at the refugee camp near Idomeni in northern Greece, by the border with Macedonia, photographed from the Macedonian side of the border, near the town of Gevgelija, on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)

Ireland has pledged to increase its humanitarian support for the victims of the Syrian crisis.

On the 60th anniversary of our membership of the UN, Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan says Ireland will be sending a further €2.95m, which will bring the total funds provided in 2015 to €13m.

The funding will be given to ireland's UN partners working on the ground within Syria and in neighbouring countries hosting Syrian refugees.

"As this crisis has continued to spread, it is appropriate that we now step up our response," said Mr Flanagan.

"I am pleased that today’s funding announcement of a further €2.95m will bring to €13m the humanitarian support we will have provided to Syria this year, bringing our total support since 2012 to €42m."

An estimated 250,000 people have been killed in the violence in Syria over the past five years.

Speaking in Brussels, Minister Flanagan said the money will go directly to those caught up in the conflict:

Additional funding will also granted to Ireland's UN and Red Cross partners in Yemen, where 80% of the population are in desperate need of humanitarian assistance. 

Fighting between Houthi rebels and government forces, now backed by a Saudi-led coalition, has left almost 6,000 people dead since a civil war developed earlier this year.

€250,000 will also be allocated UNICEF in Iraq, which now has one of the largest internally displaced populations in the world.