Austria aids Syrian refugees in Armenia

Austria declared on Saturday offering euro 600,000 to Armenian Syrian refugees who fled the violence at home to Armenia, KUNA agency reports.

Repercussions of the Syrian crisis have reached as far as Armenia, where some 9,000 Syrians have taken up refuge, Austrian Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger said in a statement. Half of the Syrian refugees in Austria are children suffering from malnutrition, he added.

Armenian Government has asked Austria to help it secure housing, in addition to other forms of aid, for the Syrian Armenian families that fled their country, Spindelegger added.

Austria has so far aided the Syrian refugees with a total of euro 7.4 million.
Number of Armenians in Syria was estimated at 100,000 at the start of the crisis.

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