Children carry lanterns as a part of the Lantern Festival ("Laternenfest") in Berlin, Nov. 11, 2015. Refugee families from Basra, Iraq, took part in the festival along with other German families. Pawel Kopczynski/Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The White House said on Friday that the Defense Department will provide $155 million in humanitarian aid to refugees displaced by the crises in Syria and Iraq.

The Defense Department will not deliver the aid directly to Syria, but will distribute supplies such as electric generators and blankets through the United Nations.

(Reporting by Julia Edwards and Roberta Rampton)