Minister for Foreign Affairs Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarsson has decided to increase aid funding to Syrians in need, Vísir reports. According to a notice from the Ministry, Iceland will add ISK 75 million (USD 740,000/EUR 610,000) to funding aid for Syrians over the next two years. This amount is in addition to ISK 800 million (USD 7.9m/EUR 6.5m) in Icelandic aid funding which had already been announced.
It is estimated that over 13 million Syrians need emergency aid and protection due to the ongoing civil war in the country. Nearly seven million people are on the the streets within the country while 5.6 million have fled abroad.
“The Syrian nation has been suffering for seven years and watched hundreds of thousands of victims fall,” stated Guðlaugur Þór at a United Nations conference on Syria currently taking place in Brussels, Belgium. “We urge the United Nations Security Council to rise to the challenge and find resolutions.”