Russia massacre survivors to get aid

Japan said Wednesday it will extend $100,000 to Russia to provide medical and emergency supplies for survivors of a three-day hostage crisis at a school in Beslan, southern Russia.

“The incident made us keenly feel the importance of fighting against terrorism,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Hatsuhisa Takashima told a news conference. “Japan hopes to help the victims, including those suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder.”

The Foreign Ministry said the money will be provided via the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, which called Monday for countries to dispatch medical experts and provide emergency aid totaling $680,000.

Suspected Chechen separatists took hostage of more than 1,000 children and adults on Sept. 1 at the school. The standoff ended two days later in explosions and gunfire, taking the lives of more than 330 and wounding at least 700.