The announcement was made on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, the religious day celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, a month of fasting.

The new US aid covers food and medical supplies in Syria as well as food vouchers and ready-to-eat meals for some 245,000 refugees sheltered in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt, said the US State Department in a statement on Wednesday.

The latest amount of aid brought the US humanitarian aid to Syria to more than USD 1 billion since the country plunged into conflict in March 2011.

Obama authorized direct supply of light arms and ammunition to the Syrian rebels in June, as his administration has sought to oust President Bashar al-Assad.


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