WFP scales up food distributions in conflict-affected areas of Syria

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This young boy in Al-Shaddadi manages a smile despite living in one of Syria’s conflict hot spots.Copyright: WFP/Abeer Etefa

As the conflict continues in Syria, the World Food Programme (WFP) says it remains concerned about thousands of people who are unable to receive food assistance.

The agency says that as part of its monthly food distributions, 25 trucks carrying over 500 metric tonnes of food, enough to feed more than 90,000 people have been dispatched to various areas of the country.

It says the fighting and insecurity are making some areas of Syria inaccessible for relief agencies to deliver food.

WFP spokesperson Elisabeth Byrs says the agency continues to advocate for access to besieged areas, to ensure that humanitarian assistance reaches everyone in need as the numbers continue to grow.

"On Wednesday the World Food Programme dispatched 62 metric tons of food enough for 10,000 people to Al-Hassakeh city and Al-Shaddadi district in northeast Syria. We have been informed of reports of new waves of displacement after intense fighting in Al Hassakeh and in Deir Ezzor governorates. A WFP team visited the area and estimated that around 40,000 people have fled Al-Shaddadi to Al-Hassakeh city." (31")

Elisabeth Byrs says the agency is scaling up its distribution and increasing its assistance to Al-Hassakeh city and the region.

According to WFP, shortages of bread continue nationwide in Syria driven to a large extent by fuel and flour shortages.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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