Syria: Overseas Aid

Department for International Development written question – answered on 21st June 2018.

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Photo of Dan Carden Dan Carden Shadow Minister (International Development)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what additional UK aid has provided in respect of the violence in eastern Ghouta, Syria and the mass displacement of people in that region since March 2018.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

While humanitarian access has improved, the Assad regime continues to impose restrictions on the UN and our partners in Eastern Ghouta. Where and when access allows, DFID’s humanitarian partners are providing life-saving support for those who remain there. We continue to use our position in the UN Security Council and the International Syria Support Group to press the regime and its backers to allow access so aid can reach those in need.

The UN and other DFID-funded partners mobilised support to those displaced from Eastern Ghouta, both in rural Damascus and in north-west Syria. DFID is supporting the response by providing food, shelter, healthcare services, basic hygiene kits, psychological support services, and services targeting the specific needs of women and girls.

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