Norway has become highly restrictive in taking in refugees itself, but was willing this week to donate NOK 77 million (USD 8.4 million) in extra support to those now being driven from their homes in northwestern Syria.
The aid comes after humanitarian organization have all but begged for more aid to the roughly 1 million people caught in the latest conflict in Syria. “Millions of people are living under precarious conditions,” agreed Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide, who’s traveling in the Middle East this week.
News burean NTB reports that the Syrian army, backed by Russia, has been pressing forward to reconquer steadily larger areas of Idlib province. Turkey, fearing another large stream of Syrian refugees into Turkey, has sent its own forces into Syria. Syrian aid organizations fear more lives will be lost if other nations don’t force through a ceasefire and increase aid to refugees.