UN agency sending food aid to embattled Syrian city Aleppo

Published on 01 August 2012

A U.N. food agency is sending urgent food assistance to the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, where rebels have been battling government forces for nearly two weeks. The Rome-based World Food Program said Wednesday the food is for distribution to 28,000 people in the city following reports of shortages of food, gas and electricity. The agency said "the humanitarian situation is deteriorating in Aleppo" with heavy fighting already forcing some 200,000 people to flee the city.

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