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European countries add $431 million in Syria aid

September 26, 2013 GMT
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European Union Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva, left, speaks to the media alongside Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Nick Clegg during a news conference following the High Level Ministerial Event on the Humanitarian situation in Syria meeting at the European Union Delegation offices during the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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European Union Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva, left, speaks to the media alongside Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Nick Clegg during a news conference following the High Level Ministerial Event on the Humanitarian situation in Syria meeting at the European Union Delegation offices during the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

NEW YORK (AP) — Several European countries have announced another $431 million in humanitarian aid for Syria.

A statement released Wednesday by the European Union commissioner for international cooperation also expressed “the gravest concern” at the worsening situation in the country’s torn by civil war and said almost half of Syria’s population will need humanitarian aid by the end of this year.

Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Denmark, Luxembourg, Spain, the Netherlands and the European Commission contributed to the new batch of aid.

The statement called the crisis “unprecedented in its severity this century” and warned that the financial demands of the countries will last a long time.

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It also said the countries want another aid pledging conference organized “at the earliest possible date.”