Food security situation rapidly deteriorating for many Syrians as conflict intensifies: WFP

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WFP in Syria

The recent escalation of violence in Syria is making it more difficult to reach the country's hardest-hit areas and food insecurity is on the rise due to bread shortages and higher food prices in many parts of the country.

The warning comes from the World Food Programme (WFP), which also explains that high prices are also affecting neighbouring countries hosting Syrian refugees.

WFP says road access to and from Damascus has become more dangerous, making it difficult to dispatch food from WFP warehouses to some parts of the country — particularly to the north.

The UN food agency says as a result of the security situation, it is relocating seven of its non-essential staff to Amman, Jordan in line with a UN decision to reduce the international staff working in Syria.

UN agencies, including WFP, have also temporarily suspended all field missions outside Damascus, which, the agency says, will negatively impact its ability to monitor food distributions by its partners and limit the movement of staff to conduct needs and market assessment missions

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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