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11/1/2013 (5 months ago)

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Damascus and rural Damascus becoming swiftly inaccessible to aid workers

The United Nations food agency, the World Food Program, or WFP delivered rations to a record 3.3 million people in Syria in October. While this seems like a substantial number, the organization is quick to point out that many Syrians remain out of reach during the civil war, and that these numbers are expected to climb.

A rare moment of coordination between the Syrian government and rebels enabled 1,800 civilians to flee the besieged town earlier this week.

A rare moment of coordination between the Syrian government and rebels enabled 1,800 civilians to flee the besieged town earlier this week.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

11/1/2013 (5 months ago)

Published in Middle East

Keywords: Syria, World Food Program, food aid, United Nations


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - While the 3.3 million needy people that were serviced by the organization was up from 2.7 million the previous month, there remains deep concern about civilians in besieged areas that remain out of reach.

"It is a record for WFP operations since starting in 2011. But it is still short of our target of four million," Elisabeth Byrs, spokeswoman for the World Food Program told reporters in Geneva.

She added that fighting and insecurity has hampered its access in parts of Aleppo and Hassakeh provinces during October.

"Elsewhere in the country and especially in the governorates of Damascus and rural Damascus, more areas are becoming inaccessible due to the intensification of the conflict," Brys said.

The two-year-old civil war continues to rage in Syria. The organization has been unable to deliver food supplies to 38 locations, including Mouadamiya on the edge of Damascus. The group has tried to reach people in need of aid there nine times over the past year, each of them unsuccessful.

A rare moment of coordination between the Syrian government and rebels enabled 1,800 civilians to flee the besieged town earlier this week. Thousands remain trapped with little food, water or medicine.

"WFP is concerned about the fate of many Syrians trapped in conflict areas and still in need of urgent food assistance. We are monitoring worrying reports emerging of malnutrition among children in besieged areas," Byrs said.

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