The civil war in Syria continues unabated, with humanitarian needs and the number of refugees continuing to increase. The European Union commends the Government of Jordan for its sustained and generous support to the more than 655 000 Syrian refugees.
The European Union pays tribute to the outstanding efforts Lebanon is making since the outset of the Syrian refugee crisis. The EU remains deeply committed to assisting Lebanon in dealing with the crisis. The European Union is the leading donor in the international response to the Syrian crisis with an overall total of €9 billion from the EU budget and Member States collectively allocated in humanitarian and development assistance since the start of the conflict in 2011. This support goes both to Syrians in their country, and to refugees and their host communities in neighbouring Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey and Egypt.