Urgent food assistance sent to Syria's Aleppo city

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A Syrian family receives food aid at a WFP distribution point.

The World Food Programme (WFP) has sent food assistance to the Syrian city of Aleppo where heavy fighting has entered its second week and forced 200,000 to flee.

The agency warns that the humanitarian situation is deteriorating in Syria's largest city with reports of shortages of food, gas and electricity.

Donn Bobb reports.

The World Food Programme says the food it has sent to Aleppo is for distribution to 28,000 people over the next few days.

According to WFP, food needs are growing rapidly as heavy fighting continues between Syrian government forces and opposition fighters in the city.

WFP and its partner, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent Society have distributed food to close to 40,000 people since the beginning of clashes in Aleppo.

The agency says that in July it provided food assistance to more than half a million people in Syria.

It says it had aimed to reach 850,000 people but was prevented from doing so by fighting in locations such as Rural Damascus, Homs, Deir Ezzor and Aleppo.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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