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The Hungarian government will send more humanitarian aid to the Christian churches of Syria, the Prime Minister’s Office said on Tuesday.

The government will donate 162 million forints (EUR 497,000) to the Syrian Orthodox Church and more than 145 million forints to the country’s Trappist and Cistercian nuns, the PM’s office said.

The aid provided via the Hungary Helps humanitarian scheme will contribute to the reconstruction of apartment buildings in the city of Homs and the construction of a public square in Latakia.

The aid package aims to help keep destitute communities in their homeland, thereby curbing migration to Europe, the statement said.

Meanwhile, the PM’s Office also said the government will organise an international conference on the persecution of Christians in Budapest this autumn.

The aim of the conference will be to inform decision-makers about the situation of endangered Christian communities, put together an international effort to protect persecuted Christians based on the experiences of the Hungary Helps scheme and to strengthen Hungary’s leading role in the fight against the persecution of Christians, the statement said.

Citing fresh data, the PM’s Office said more than 4,150 people were killed due to their faith in 2018.