Fighting and insecurity disrupting food distribution efforts in Syrian citiesListen /
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) says many areas in Syria are becoming inaccessible due to increased fighting, disrupting efforts to reach the displaced with food assistance.
WFP says it had planned to reach 3 million Syrians with food assistance during the month of July, but only managed to reach about 2.4 million due to the upsurge in violence in many parts of Damascus and Homs and the large number of security checkpoints.
The agency says it was still short of US $763 million which is needed to provide food assistance to over 7 million Syrians until the end of the year.
WFP spokesperson in Geneva Elizabeth Brys says the agency was concerned about the situation in Homs city, where it is believed that several thousands of people are trapped by the heavy fighting over the control of the city.
"According to the latest figure about 2,500 people are trapped in Homs. We are monitoring the developing situation and potential population displacement to be able to meet the immediate basic needs of these people. The situation in the Homes district of Waa'er where almost 300,000 internally displaced people have taken refuge is still tense, but WFP has managed so far to dispatch and distribute the July monthly allocation of food rations through our NGO partners. In Idlib city its roughly 400,000 people at risk of food shortage and in Rural Damascus its 1.2 million in hard to reach areas."
WFP says the Syrian humanitarian response is its largest and most complex emergency worldwide.
Patrick Maigua, United Nations Radio, Geneva.