GENEVA / SYRIA WFP UPDATE

04-Jun-2019 00:02:16
Thousands of acres of crops have been destroyed in Syria’s Idlib and north Hama amid ongoing deadly violence, the World Food Programme (WFP) said in a call to the warring parties to stop using food security to hold people “hostage.” UNTV CH
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STORY: GENEVA / SYRIA WFP UPDATE
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SOURCE: UNTV CH
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 04 JUNE 2019, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
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1. Exterior shot, Palais des Nations
2. Wide shot, Room III, Palais des Nations
3. Close up, cameras
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Herve Verhoosel, Spokesperson, World Food Programme (WFP): “The latest outbreak in violence in Idlib and north Hama has left dozens of casualties, burned several thousands of acres of crops and farmland, and forced at least 300,000 people to flee their homes.”
5. Wide shot, journalists
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Herve Verhoosel, spokesperson, World Food Programme (WFP): “That’s clearly linked to the bombing, it’s very hot and dry for the moment, then if you have a bomb in the region, a fire can start, but in some cases it was also reported as intentionally started by a group or the other one.”
7. Wide shot, cameras, journalists
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Herve Verhoosel, spokesperson, World Food Programme (WFP): “WFP plans to scale up to reach 823,000 people this month across the region and that is in addition to the 200,000 people that we reached with emergency rations.”
9. Med shot, journalist
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Herve Verhoosel, spokesperson, World Food Programme (WFP): “In the areas where the bombardment continues, help is definitely needed today. WFP has had to suspend our deliveries to some towns caught in the middle of the conflict and where security is volatile. As of now, we are unable to reach 7,000 people living in the area of Madiq Castle in Hama since the bombardment began.”
11. Wide shot, journalists typing
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Herve Verhoosel, spokesperson, World Food Programme (WFP): “It is not acceptable to take one more time the civilian population, hostage; to try to basically use food distribution or food production as a weapon of war.”
13. Wide shot, journalists typing
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Herve Verhoosel, spokesperson, World Food Programme (WFP): “Most of them are living in camps. The camps are overcrowded for the moment. Some colleagues who were there a few days ago told me this morning on the phone that they don’t even find place any more to put a single tent in some of those camps.”
15. Various shots, journalists
STORYLINE
Thousands of acres of crops have been destroyed in Syria’s Idlib and north Hama amid ongoing deadly violence, the World Food Programme (WFP) said today (04 Jun), in a call to the warring parties to stop using food security to hold people “hostage.”

In a briefing to journalists in Geneva, WFP spokesperson Hervé Verhoosel expressed alarm at the humanitarian crisis in the north-western opposition-held enclave, where a Government-led military operation escalated in late April.

His comments follow reports of aerial attacks on Monday (03 Jun) that killed six civilians, the latest victims in more than eight years of war that have claimed hundreds of thousands of lives, destroyed hospitals and forced millions to flee.

Verhoosel condemning the bloodshed, saying that “the latest outbreak in violence in Idlib and north Hama has left dozens of casualties, burned several thousands of acres of crops and farmland, and forced at least 300,000 people to flee their homes.”

As a result of the violence, farmers can no longer access their fields of tend to their crops at harvest time, the WFP spokesperson explained.

He said, “it is not acceptable to take one more time the civilian population, hostage,” he added, “to try to basically use food distribution or food production as a weapon of war.”

Asked to explain how the crop fires began, Verhoosel said that they were “clearly linked to the bombing; it’s very hot and dry for the moment, then if you have a bomb in the region, a fire can start, but in some cases it was also reported as intentionally started by a group - or the other one.”

The conflict-related damage to crops in Syria’s north-west is distinct from field fires elsewhere in the country, such as in the governorates of Hassakeh, Deir-Ez-Zor and Homs, where tinder-box conditions linked to high temperatures have affected around five per cent of the national yield.

To respond to the three million people in North Hama, Idlib and rural western Aleppo who are “stuck in the middle of conflict” and can only be reached from Turkey, WFP announced that it intends to boost aid deliveries this month.

Verhoosel said, “WFP plans to scale up to reach 823,000 people this month across the region, and that is in addition to the 200,000 people that we reached with (monthly) emergency rations,” adding that “in the areas where the bombardment continues, help is definitely needed today.”

He also said, “WFP has had to suspend our deliveries to some towns caught in the middle of the conflict and where security is volatile. As of now, we are unable to reach 7,000 people living in the area of Madiq Castle in Hama since the bombardment began.”

Focusing on the immediate needs of those forced to flee the violence, Verhoosel explained that many struggled to find shelter in camps in north Idlib, while others had fled to north-west Aleppo.

Women, children and the elderly are particularly vulnerable, according to WFP, especially those who have been forced to walk for days and sell their valuables to secure transportation from their villages to north Idlib.

He said, “most of them are living in camps, the camps are overcrowded for the moment.”

He added, “some colleagues who were there a few days ago told me this morning on the phone that they don’t even find place any more to put a single tent in some of those camps.”

According to WFP, extreme poverty affects three in four Syrians.

Of the 6.5 million people who are food insecure in the country, the UN agency helps 3.5 million of every month.
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