Insecurity in Syria hampers deployment of UN aid workers

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The deployment of United Nations humanitarian workers in Syria is on hold as a result of the deteriorating security situation in the country.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs OCHA, says UN agencies are looking for alternative methods for delivering assistance including establishing partnerships with local relief organizations.

Earlier this month, the Syrian government agreed to the deployment of UN Humanitarian workers in at least four of the worst affected provinces.

OCHA spokesperson Jens Laerke says fighting has intensified in recent days hampering the ability of the UN aid agencies to deploy their staff.

He says local resources are stretched and there is limited access to basic serves in areas affected by fighting.

"The overall estimate is up to 1.5 million in total that need assistance. How much of them can be reached I don’t think there is anybody who has an estimate of that given the very very thin presence on the ground that we have and given the dynamics of what is going on in the country. In Idlib governorate the Syrian Arab Red Crescent reports that 350,000 people now need assistance this is an increase of 150,000 people since March. They also report that 250,000 people require humanitarian assistance in Homs governorate. More than 461,000 people have received WFP food assistance as of mid June. This food assistance is expected to increase in July and WFP has plans to increase its beneficiaries numbers from 500,000 to 850,000 people."

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He says nearly 90,000 Syrians have fled their country and are seeking refuge in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.

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