Obama Sends $195 Million in Aid to Syria – The Day After Al-Qaeda Linked Rebels Seize Syrian Airport (Video)
On Tuesday, Syrian rebels, led by al-Qaeda linked Islamist State in Iraq and the Levant and the hardline Islamist Tawhid Brigades, captured Minnig Military airport near the border with Turkey after an eight-month siege.
Nine brigades took part in the rebel attack.
On Wednesday, Barack Obama announced the US would give an additional $195 million in aid to Syria.
The Hill reported:
President Obama on Wednesday announced the U.S. would give an additional $195 million in humanitarian aid to displaced Syrians as a gesture to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the holiday marking the end of the Muslim holy month.
“Many of us have had the opportunity to break fast with our Muslim friends and colleagues — a tradition that reminds us to be grateful for our blessings and to show compassion to the less fortunate among us, including millions of Syrians who spent Ramadan displaced from their homes, their families, and their loved ones,” the president said in a statement.
“To help the many Syrians in need this Eid al-Fitr, the United States is providing an additional $195 million in food aid and other humanitarian aid, bringing our humanitarian contribution to the Syrian people to over $1 billion since the crisis began,” he continued. “For millions of Americans, Eid is part of a great tapestry of America’s many traditions, and I wish all Muslims a blessed and joyful celebration. Eid Mubarak.
Eid al-Fitr, a 24-hour period that begins Wednesday evening, is celebrated by Muslims to mark the end of Ramadan, a month when Muslims fast from dawn to dusk. Muslims celebrate the end of the holy month with big feasts.