UN food agency aims to reach 500,000 in Syria soon

April 24, 2012 11:44


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GENEVA - The United Nations said on Tuesday that it aimed to deliver food assistance to 500,000 people in Syria "in the coming weeks," roughly double the number it expects to reach in April.

In a statement, the UN's World Food Program (WFP) said that it was expanding its assistance at the request of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent and stood ready to increase its operations in the country further "when access permits."

UN aid agencies have been largely shut out of Syria but a joint assessment mission carried out last month with Syrian authorities estimated that at least one million people needed humanitarian aid.

The WFP has been helping 100,000 people a month in cities including Homs, Hama, Idlib and Damascus. It is "scaling up food assistance to reach a quarter million people by the end of this month inside Syria with plans to double the caseload to reach 500,000 people in the coming weeks," it said.

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