WFP distributes emergency rations to thousands of newly-displaced Syrians

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A Syrian family receives food aid at a WFP distribution point. [Photo: WFP/John Wreford]

Emergency ready-to-eat food rations and high-energy biscuits are being distributed by the UN World Food Programme, WFP, to thousands of newly displaced families in Syria.

The families were forced to flee Syria's Mediterranean coast following heavy fighting in their villages.

The food distribution will continue for the next few days to more than 10,000 people – mainly women and children.

Following the emergency ration, families will be given the WFP's regular food basket which includes rice, bulgur, sugar, pasta, vegetable oil and lentils.

WFP is gravely concerned about the increased scale of violence throughout the country, according to the WFP Operations Director in Syria, Matthew Hollingworth.

He says the UN food agency is doing all it can to deliver food to civilians caught up in the fighting. Unfortunately, some people are beyond reach in conflict zones where there is limited or no access.

WFP must raise US$19.5 million each week to feed two and a half million people inside Syria and more than one million refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt.

Gerry Adams, United Nations.

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