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US sending $10 million in new aid to Syria

Friday - 1/25/2013, 3:04pm  ET

Syrians gather around Arabic writing made from fire on Thursday which reads, "we will continue," during a demonstration in Zabadani neighborhood, Damascus, Syria. The head of a U.N. observer team in Syria cautioned Friday that the mission cannot achieve a permanent end to the violence without genuine talks between the two sides that have been locked in a violent conflict for more than a year. (AP)
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WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. is preparing to send Syria $10 million in additional humanitarian assistance to help alleviate hunger in northern parts of the conflict-ravaged Arab country.

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland says senior U.S. aid and refugee officials have been in Turkey visiting camps for uprooted Syrians and speaking with Turkish officials.

They head Saturday to Jordan, while the U.S. ambassador to Syria, Robert Ford, will be traveling on to Paris to speak with the French government.

Nuland says one of the results of the trip will be $10 million in new U.S. aid.

She says the money is, quote, "primarily directed at getting flour into the north of Syria, into bakeries in Aleppo, where there's a real crying need."

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