November 13, 2015 / 9:15 PM / 2 years ago

U.S. to provide $115 million in aid to Syrian, Iraqi refugees

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Friday that the Defense Department will provide $155 million in humanitarian aid to refugees displaced by the crises in Syria and Iraq.

Refugees, most of them Syrians, struggle to leave a half-sunken catamaran carrying around 150 refugees as it arrives on the Greek island of Lesbos, after crossing part of the Aegean sea from Turkey, October 30, 2015. REUTERS/Giorgos Moutafis

The Defense Department will not deliver the aid directly to Syria, but will distribute supplies such as electric generators and blankets through the United Nations.

Reporting by Julia Edwards and Roberta Rampton

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