Over 3 million Syrians receive food from World Food Programme

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Families collect their food rations at a distribution point in western Syria (Copyright: WFP/Maha Khatib)

Despite challenges in reaching some parts of Syria, the World Food Programme (WFP) has been able to distribute food to areas that were inaccessible for many months.

That's what WFP spokesperson, Elisabeth Byrs told reporters in Geneva on Friday.

She said the agency has finalized its food distribution for the month of October, reaching close to 3.3 million Syrians with food assistance.

Ms. Byrs said one of the areas that had been inaccessible is Aleppo.

"On 15 October WFP managed to get 12 trucks into Allepo City for the first time since August carrying 8,200 family food rations enough to feed 41,000 people for one month. Twelve more trucks carrying enough food for 60,000 arrived in Allepo over the last ten days. Fourteen more trucks are now en route to Aleppo." (29")

Elisabeth Byrs pointed out, however, that WFP is still short of its target to feed four million people because of insecurity and lack access to the Allepo and Al Hasakah governorates.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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