Over two million people need food in Syria, says UN food agency

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Two and a half million people in Syria are in need of food as prices continue to rise in the conflict-torn country, says the United Nations food agency.

The World Food Programme (WFP) warns that insecurity continues to have a negative impact on its efforts to provide food to the people displaced by the ongoing violence.

According to the agency, there are reports of shortages of wheat flour in most parts of the country because mills have been damaged.

The agency also reports that lack of fuel for delivery, road closures and difficult access are making it hard for people to get food.

Elisabeth Byrs is WFP spokesperson in Geneva.

"We estimate that there are 2.5 million people in need of food assistance in Syria. In October, the World Food Programme received a request from the Syrian Arab Red Crescent to increase the number of beneficiaries from 1.5 million to 2.5 million. However, WFP was unable to further scale up assistance due to the lack of implementing partners on the ground."

Elisabeth Byrs says WFP recently relocated its staff temporarily from its sub-offices in Homs, Aleppo, Tartous and Qamisly because of the deteriorating security situation in these areas.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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