Pope sends 100,000 euros to poor of Aleppo

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Pope Francis on Friday sent 100,000 euros (106,090 dollars) to the poor in the ravaged Syrian city of Aleppo, a Vatican spokeswoman said in a statement.

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.

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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.

A monitor group said 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.

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