The United States is considering providing humanitarian aid to the Syrian people as Washington ramps up pressure on the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the White House said on Tuesday.

“We are going to continue to work with international allies … to put the pressure required,” White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters.

Carney reiterated that the Obama administration was not weighing the prospects of arming anti-government forces seeking to topple Assad. But without offering details, he said: “We are exploring the possibility of providing humanitarian aid to Syrians.”


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