WFP sends food to Al-Qusayr

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WFP operations in Syria. [WFP Photo: Isam Ismail]

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has distributed urgent food aid to vulnerable families in Al-Qusayr where some of the heaviest fighting in Syria has taken place in recent weeks.

Today, WFP serves the food needs of over 800,000 people outside Syria and an additional 2.5 million inside the country.

Under the latest humanitarian appeal launched Friday for $5.2 billion, WFP's share of US$1 billion, will provide food assistance for the growing refugee population outside Syria as well as the increasing numbers of those inside the country without access to food.

The WFP appeal addresses a monthly increase in beneficiaries, with a goal of reaching, by late 2013, a total of 7 million Syrians inside and outside in the neighbouring countries.

WFP's Executive Director Ertharin Cousin says "Syrian families, particularly children, whether inside the country or outside, are devastated by the magnitude of this crisis", adding "Proud people have had their lives and livelihoods shattered by this conflict". "Today, we are appealing to the international community to continue their generous support that allowed us to save millions of lives over the last few months", she concluded.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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