The European Commission has said it is preparing to release a further 50 million euros in emergency aid to help Syrian civilians due to the country’s worsening humanitarian crisis.
The latest announcement came as Brussels called on both Damascus and Syria’s rebels to agree upon temporary cease fires to let aid get through.
The EU’s Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid Kristalina Georgieva said: “We are talking about leaving space for humanity in the middle of a conflict. And that is an obligation under the Geneva Conventions to all countries, and that is also an obligation for the opposition in Syria, because they aspire one day to be the government.”
It is estimated around a 250,000 refugees have so far fled the fighting in Syria, 17 months since the uprising began.
Aid agencies said despite a lack of flights out of the country and closed borders, the exodus is growing.
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