UN may cut food aid to Syrian refugees due to cash shortage

April 9, 2013 19:59

BEIRUT/GENEVA - The United Nations said on Tuesday it will halt food aid to 400,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon next month unless it receives urgent new funding.

The cash shortage is part of a wider financial shortfall that the organization says is threatening its efforts to help nearly 1.3 million Syrian refugees and almost 4 million more people displaced inside Syria by the two-year conflict.

"The speed with which the crisis is deteriorating is much faster than the ability of the international community to finance the Syrian humanitarian needs," Panos Moumtzis, the UN refugee agency's regional coordinator for Syrian refugees said.

"We're afraid, if no more funds are made available urgently - and this is where we are at a breaking point - we will come to a point where we will have to start reducing aid, prioritizing aid," he said in Geneva.

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