World Food Programme resumes sending food and relief aid to Syria

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Zaatari refugee camp: two Syrian boys collect food for their family from a WFP food distribution centre

For the first time since late December, the World Food Programme (WFP) has been able to use the Jordanian-Syrian border crossing point of Nasib to deliver food to Southern Syria.

The agency says insecurity had prevented the delivery of food aid as fighting between government and opposition forces continued.

As the UN's lead agency for logistics, WFP also provides transportation of goods other than food such as blankets, medical supplies, clothing and cooking utensils on behalf of partner agencies.

WFP spokesperson, Elisabeth Byrs says the convoy is important for the agency to be able to complete its February-March distribution cycle.

"The World food Programme aims to reach 1.7 million people in Syria by mid-March and we have restarted using a critical logistics corridor to send food and humanitarian relief to southern Syria. On Tuesday 26 February convoy of 15 trucks carrying 374 tons of food bought locally in Jordan crossed the border from the Jordanian-Syrian crossing point of Nasib."

Elisabeth Byrs says that as the agency expands its operation and increase the number of beneficiaries inside Syria to reach 2.5 million people by April, it will need an additional $526 million until December 2013.

She says that so far, the agency has received $173 million and urgently needs another $350 million to continue its vital food assistance to Syrians affected by the conflict.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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