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27 September 2012

Escalating violence in Syria and limited access to civilians in need hinder the distribution of humanitarian aid in the country, the European Union's crisis chief said on Wednesday. (..) "To do more, we need more access in Syria," EU humanitarian affairs commissioner Kristalina Georgieva said after talks on the issue with heads of U.N. and other international aid agencies at the U.N. General Assembly in New York.


27 September 2012

"We are running against time with winter coming," said Edward Kallon of the World Food Programme (WFP), the U.N. agency which aims to provide hot meals or other rations to nearly 200,000 Syrian refugees this month and roughly double that by year-end.


25 September 2012

The spike in the number of Syrians needing food, or money to buy food, has come as fighting has forced families to leave homes and jobs, with little hope of supporting themselves elsewhere. (..) In New York, the U.N.'s World Food Program warned that it is running short of funds to cover operations in Syria because of sharply growing needs. World Food Program chief Ertharin Cousin said the agency had raised $78 million, but needs $60 million more to cover its annual Syria budget.


25 September 2012

The number of Syrians needing food aid has shot upward five times in recent months as civil war rages across the country, the director of the United Nation’s food program on said Monday. From 250,000 people in April, those facing hunger has grown to 1.5 million, according to the most recent assessment of the U.N.’s World Food Program, agency director Ertharin Cousin said. (..) “If we don’t provide them with the food assistance that is required, they will go hungry,” Cousin said.


18 September 2012

The new international envoy tasked with ending the 18-month Syrian conflict has visited a refugee camp in Turkey. Lakhdar Brahimi, who recently ended a four-day visit to Syria, toured a camp in the border province of Hatay on Tuesday as dozens of Syrians staged a demonstration outside the camp denouncing Syrian President Bashar Assad.


12 September 2012

International relief officials reported an increasingly grim aid crisis stemming from the Syria conflict on Tuesday, with two million people there not getting desperately needed help, and a sudden acceleration of refugees overwhelming the ability of neighboring countries to absorb them.


4 September 2012

"Large numbers of Syrians continue to flee their homes to other parts of Syria - as well as to neighboring countries - where they have little means to support themselves and are in need of food assistance," WFP spokeswoman Elisabeth Byrs said.


4 September 2012

Some 100,000 refugees fled Syria during August making it by far the highest monthly total since hostilities began, the U.N. refugee agency said Tuesday. (..) The U.N.'s World Food Program spokeswoman Elisabeth Byrs told reporters that her agency is scaling up operations to provide food urgently needed by 1.5 million people this month, mainly in areas where there has been fighting and people made at least temporarily homeless.


3 September 2012

In a joint appeal with the UN's refugee agency, Jordan said it now needs $700m (£440m) to deal with the crisis. Only a few days earlier, it asked for $400m. The request comes as fighting continues to rage across Syria, increasing the number of fleeing civilians.


17 August 2012

Syrians are pouring across the border to escape fighting in their battered homeland and diarrhea disease has broken out in rural areas near Damascus, U.N. aid agencies said on Friday. (..) The World Food Programme (WFP) said that since the start of July, it had brought food rations for 100,000 people to Aleppo. "Despite difficulties and violence, we expect to reach an additional 25,000 there in coming days," WFP spokeswoman Elisabeth Byrs said, noting that WFP supplies are distributed by the Syrian Arab Red Crescent.