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France earmarks 50 million euros for new Syria aid projects

AFP  |  Paris 

will spend 50 million euros (USD 62 million) on new projects in to be carried out by around 20 humanitarian groups, the president's office said today.

made the decision "in the face of the critical humanitarian situation" in the war-torn country, his office said in a statement.

Macron met earlier with representatives of the who spelled out the humanitarian needs of a population that has endured seven years of war.

The decision comes two days after took part in US-led air strikes on in following an in the Ghouta town of Douma.

The strikes raised fears of an escalation of the conflict in which more than 350,000 people have died, but key players on Monday appeared keen to shift the focus to diplomacy.

The projects will focus on the Idlib region where some 1.2 million displaced people live, according to UN estimates, as well as the Ghouta region near and in the northwest in areas recently liberated from the Islamic State group.

Overall, the estimates that 13 million Syrians including six million children need

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First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 06:45 IST