UN unable to get food to 1 million hungry Syrians

By REUTERS
January 8, 2013 19:36

 
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GENEVA - About 1 million Syrians are going hungry due to the difficulty of getting supplies into conflict zones and the fact that the few government-approved aid agencies are stretched to the limit, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

The UN's World Food Program (WFP) is handing out rations to about 1.5 million people in Syria each month, still short of the 2.5 million deemed to be in need, WFP spokeswoman Elisabeth Byrs said.

Bread and fuel particularly are in short supply, but the WFP said it had won "special permission" from the government to import fuel from Lebanon to use in the trucks distributing aid in Syria.

The WFP is unable to increase assistance due to difficulty in reaching some insecure areas. Only a handful of aid agencies are authorized to distribute relief goods, some of which lack staff, fuel or other material.

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