Japan Extends Aid to Thousands Affected by Syrian Crisis

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Tokyo- (PanOrient News) The Japanese government announced that it would allocate $13 million for relief efforts in response to the humanitarian crisis in Syria and for refugees in Lebanon, to be used in such areas as health, sanitation and shelters.

The aid for Syria, which has been engaged in a bloody civil war for about eight years, is aimed at helping people displaced by operations against the Islamic State in the northeastern part of the country, a statement issued by Japan's Foreign Ministry in Tokyo said. The aid for Lebanon is aimed at helping Syrian and Palestinian refugees there.

The almost $5 million for Syria is intended to promote sanitation efforts, including supplying clean water, for over 37,000 people, as well as to provide for shelters and non-food items to help about 19,000 people. Another 16,000 people in camps are to receive access to emergency medical services. Additionally, some aid is destined for Palestinian refugees living near Damascus.

As for Lebanon, the Japanese government is providing $8 million for health, water, sanitation and hygiene efforts. The relief money is intended to help about 40,000 Syrian refugees living in the country, in addition to giving about 280,000 Palestinian refugees access to the health services.

The aid money is being distributed through five international organizations, with almost half going to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East.

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