Violence in Syria blocks food aid: UN

2013-07-30 17:19


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Geneva - The United Nations' food agency said on Tuesday that 600 000 Syrians could not receive aid this month as spiralling violence prevented convoys from reaching them.

Elisabeth Byrs, spokespersonn for the World Food Programme, told reporters that the agency had aimed to reach a total of three million people in Syria in July, but had succeeded in getting supplies to only 2.4 million.

"Rising violence in many parts of Damascus and Homs, and a proliferation of checkpoints around the main cities have hit the flow of food distribution," she said.

The number fed in July was also lower than the 2.5 million Syrians the WFP helped in June.

Byrs said that the WFP's operations inside Syria and for refugees in neighbouring countries cost just over $29m per week.

She said that without further donations, the agency faced a shortfall of $763m by the end of the year.

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