600,000 Syrians couldn't receive aid this month

The spokeswoman for the World Food Programme said that the agency had aimed to reach a total of three million people in Syria in July, but had only been able to reach 2.4 million people due to the ongoing fighting.

600,000 Syrians couldn't receive aid this month

World Bulletin/News Desk

The United Nations' food agency said on Wednesday that 600,000 Syrians could not receive aid this month because of fighting between government and opposition forces has prevented convoys from reaching them.

Elisabeth Byrs, spokeswoman for the World Food Programme, told reporters in Geneva that the agency had aimed to reach a total of three million people in Syria in July, but had only been able to reach 2.4 million people.

"The upsurge of violence across many areas in Damascus and Homs and the proliferation of checkpoints on the roads or in the major cities are affecting the pace of food dispatches," she said.

Byrs said that the agency faced a shortfall of $763 million by the end of the year: "We still need 763 million dollars for our operation until the end of the year to assist up to 7 million Syrians, including 4 million people inside Syria and almost 3 million people, refugees, in neighbouring countries."

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