BEIRUT: The European Union will allocate an additional 12 million euros ($14.89 million) in humanitarian assistance for Syrian refugees and the most vulnerable Lebanese host families over the winter season, an EU statement said Tuesday.

The bulk of the extra funding, amounting to 10 million euros, will be used to help some half a million refugees improve and rehabilitate unfinished buildings and dwellings in which they are staying ahead of the winter season, especially in the regions where winter is particularly harsh, the statement said.