Displaced Syrians receive UN food assistance

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Close to 250,000 Syrians are to receive food assistance from the United Nations World Food programme (WFP).

Partnering with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, WFP is providing food assistance in cities such as Homs, Hama, Idleb and Damascus.

WFP says it plans to double the number of those receiving assistance in the coming months.

United Nations humanitarian agencies have no direct access to those displaced inside Syria.

The UN estimates that up to one million people inside Syria need humanitarian support following months of political and civil unrest.

Elisabeth Byrs is a spokesperson for WFP.

"WFP is deeply concerned about the potential for increased food needs in Syria, and also along the border. We are working with the Syrian Arab Crescent. WFP has distributed food assistance about 106,000 people during the month of March and scaling up our operation to reach quarter million by the end of April, with plans to double this case load to reach 500,000 in the coming weeks. We face challenges; we started in December with delivering food assistance to 50,000. So we have increased the distribution and we hope we will be able to scale up our operation and reach our target of half a million."

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