DAMASCUS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has sent food assistance for distribution to 28,000 people in Aleppo over the next few days, following reports of shortages of food, gas and electricity after weeks of violence in Syria’s largest city.
• The humanitarian situation is deteriorating in Aleppo and food needs are growing rapidly, with heavy fighting entering its second week – forcing about 200,000 people to flee the city.
Thousands of refugees from Syria have have fled to the impoverished Beqaa valley of Lebanon in search of safety and shelter. To assist them, WFP is providing vouchers that they can use to shop for their own food at local stores. Watch video
WFP and Syria in Numbers
• Since the beginning of the clashes in Aleppo, WFP and its partner, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC), have distributed food rations to close to 40,000 people.
• In July, WFP provided food assistance to 541,575 people in Syria. The organization had aimed to reach 850,000 people, but was prevented from doing so by fighting in locations such as Rural Damascus, Homs, Hama, Deir Ezzor and Aleppo.
• WFP has also launched a regional refugee emergency operation to provide food assistance to vulnerable Syrians in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq through food vouchers. The six-month operation, which started in July, aims to assist 67,000 people this month and will progressively reach 120,000 by December.
• At a cost of US$103 million, the Syria operation is facing a critical funding shortfall of around US$62 million.
For more information please contact:
Abeer Etefa, WFP/Cairo, Tel. +202 2528 1730 ext. 2600, Mob. +2 010 666 34352
Emilia Casella, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06 6513 3854, Mob. +39 347 945 0634
Caroline Hurford, WFP/London, Tel. +44 20 72409001, Mob. +44 7968 008474
Rene McGuffin, WFP/Washington, Tel. +1 202 6530010 ext. 1149, Mob. +1 202 4223383
(our email addresses follow this format: firstname.lastname @wfp.org)