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17 December 2013

The UN has launched its biggest ever appeal for humanitarian aid after exhausting funds raised to help Syria this year, and said nearly three-quarters of the country's population will need help in 2014.It estimates that close to half of Syria's population has been displaced, while the World Food Programme says a similar number need "urgent, life-saving food assistance".The former British foreign secretary David Miliband, now president of the International Rescue Committee, said large parts of the Syrian population were threatened by starvation.


17 December 2013

As the UN launches its biggest ever aid appeal, distribution centres in Syria are providing thousands of people with basic supplies. The World Food Programme's Matthew Hollingworth told the BBC the people seeking help "perhaps a year or two years ago would have been living a pretty good life."


17 December 2013

Half of Syria's population is "food insecure" and nearly a third needs urgent assistance, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said Monday, as it reported plans to step up aid. The report came as the International Rescue Committee also warned that Syrians were struggling to secure food as the price of bread has soared by 500 percent since the conflict erupted 33 months ago.


16 December 2013

In a punishing war, bread is now a barometer of Syrians' suffering. Even their most basic food has become hard to find, even harder to afford. (..) A few streets away, at a crowded distribution site for the World Food programme, country director Matthew Hollingworth observes that "people are eating less, eating less often, and the quality of food is also less".


16 December 2013

The United Nations appealed for $6.5 billion for Syria and its neighbors on Monday to help 16 million people next year, many of them hungry or homeless victims of a 33-month-old conflict that has no end in sight. (..)The U.N. World Food Programme aims to feed 4.25 million people in Syria, where it reached only 3.4 million in November. "This is the worst humanitarian crisis that we have seen in decades, with every day more vulnerable Syrians pushed into hunger," Muhannad Hadi, WFP's Syria Emergency Coordinator, said.


16 December 2013

The United Nations sent its first delivery of humanitarian aid by air to Syria from Iraq on Sunday and said it plans to deliver more food and winter supplies to the mainly Kurdish northeast in the next 12 days. "This wave of extreme cold led to deteriorating conditions for people in the city of Qamishli and other places in Syria," Iyad Nuaman, World Food Programme regional coordinator, told Reuters


13 December 2013

The World Food Programme said it was distributing 10,000 liters of fuel for cooking and heating to internally displaced families living in 10 shelters in Damascus. WFP Syria Director Matthew Hollingworth said many Syrians had fled without enough warm clothes or blankets. "Syria is always quite cold in winter but it is quite different when you face a fierce winter in a shelter with very limited resources rather than in the comfort of your own home," he said.


12 December 2013

The United Nations' first relief airlift to Syria from Iraq will deliver food and winter supplies to the mostly Kurdish northeast over the next 10 days with the permission of both governments, U.N. aid agencies said on Tuesday. Elisabeth Byrs, a spokeswoman for the U.N.'s World Food Programme (WFP), later said that it also planned 10 rotations over the next 10 days in an operation aimed at feeding more than 30,000 people for a month. Its first flight would carry 40 metric tonnes of food, including wheat flour, pasta, oil, sugar, salt, rice, canned beans and bulgur wheat, she said.


10 December 2013

Syrian state television says the country's local and international telephone lines as well as the internet are down because of technical problems. Meanwhile the global chemical weapons watchdog OPCW has said that the removal of chemical weapons from Syria may be delayed slightly due to the difficulties of operating during a civil war.


4 December 2013

Aid workers said they have a better winter plan this year. Cranes are lifting trailers into place and tents are being packed away as international aid workers rush to winterize a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan — trying to avoid a repeat of last year when three days of torrential rain turned the massive site into a muddy swamp.