The United States is giving an additional $30 million to help aid those affected by the Syria crisis, the State Department announced today. This means total U.S. assistance to help with this crisis is now nearly $200 million.

"Today Secretary Clinton announced that the United States is providing $30 million in additional humanitarian assistance to help those affected by the conflict in Syria," the State Department spokesman says in a statement.

With this new assistance, the United States is providing nearly $200 million in humanitarian aid to help those suffering as a result of the Assad regime’s violence inside Syria and in neighboring countries.

In Syria, this funding will allow for the immediate procurement of food in local and regional markets to provide family food baskets to those in need, which contain vital necessities such as rice, beans, and cooking oil. In neighboring countries, this additional assistance from the United States will provide food supplies, hot meals, and food vouchers for families who have fled the violence in Syria. This additional assistance will be provided through the World Food Program (WFP), which is providing food aid to 1.5 million people in Syria and the refugees who have fled to neighboring countries. The United States is the largest donor of food aid for those affected by the conflict in Syria through WFP.

The United States is providing food aid, medical supplies, emergency and basic health care, shelter materials, clean water, hygiene education and supplies, and other relief supplies - including blankets and heaters - to help more than one million people inside Syria and the nearly 400,000 refugees in neighboring countries.

The United States, along with the international community, is tirelessly working to provide humanitarian assistance to the innocent children, women, and men affected by the conflict in Syria, and we will continue to stand by them in their time of need.

Tens of thousands are believed to have died at the hands of the Syrian regime over the last year-and-a-half. And, despite the aid and the calls for Assad to go, the Syrian regime continues its reign of terror.

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