By Julian Pecquet - 01/15/14 11:17 AM EST
Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday announced another $380 million in humanitarian assistance for Syria, bringing the total U.S. contribution to more than $1.7 billion.
Kerry made the announcement at an international donor's conference ahead of peace talks next week backed by the United States and Russia. The United Nations has launched a humanitarian appeal for $6.5 billion — the largest in history — to provide food, water, medical care and shelter for the victims of the almost three-year civil war.
He called on Syrian President Bashar Assad to stop blocking food deliveries and aid workers from reaching devastated areas.
“As we pledge our financial commitments,” he said, “we also pledge our commitment to ending this crisis once and for all through the hard work of diplomacy.”
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