New Zealand will contribute a further $2 million in humanitarian assistance to help people affected by the ongoing conflict in Syria.

This brings New Zealand’s total humanitarian support to the Syrian conflict to $29.2 million since 2011.

Humanitarian agencies provide a lifeline for people living in extremely difficult conditions inside Syria, but the challenge is enormous.

The new funding will go to the International Committee of the Red Cross to support the distribution of food and other essentials, restore water supplies, and ensure that hospitals and health centres can continue to function.