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US to offer more aid to Syrian refugees

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White House spokesman Josh Earnest announced a new 419-million-dollar aid package on Monday

The United States has pledged additional humanitarian aid to Syrian refugees.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest announced a new 419-million-dollar aid package on Monday. The aid will be offered through international aid organizations to deliver water and food supplies to people who have fled Syria or have been displaced within the country.

The new aid brings the total US donation since the Syrian conflict began in 2011 to 4.5 billion dollars, more than any other country.

Earnest stressed that the United States will continue to play a leading role in addressing the humanitarian crisis. He also called on the international community to increase its assistance.

The United States says it will accept at least 85,000 refugees, including 10,000 Syrians, in fiscal 2016, beginning next month. It also says it will accept 100,000 refugees in fiscal 2017.