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Pope sends €100,000 to poor of Aleppo

The Vatican administration contributed to the donation, which will be made through the papal charity office & the Franciscan order working in the Holy Land.

FILE: Pope Francis. Picture: AFP

ROME - Pope Francis has sent €100,000 ($106,090) to the poor in the ravaged Syrian city of Aleppo, a Vatican spokeswoman said.

The Vatican administration, known as the Curia, contributed to the donation, which will be made through the papal charity office and the Franciscan order working in the Holy Land.

Aleppo was Syria's most populous city before war broke out six years ago, but swathes of it have been destroyed and thousands displaced in the conflict gripping the country.

Government forces, which seized the city from rebels in December after months of intense fighting, have captured its main water supply station from Islamic State, a monitor group said this week.

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