World Bulletin / News Desk
The UN's World Food Programme (WFP) that civilians in eastern provinces of Syria and in besieged towns near the capital are unable to be reached to be given much needed food aid, a spokeswoman said on Tuesday.
The agency voiced concern at reports of malnutrition in besieged areas, especially of children caught up in the nearly three-year-old civil war, and called for greater access.
"WFP is gravely concerned about people who live in areas under siege. Their nutrition situation is expected to have deteriorated significantly," spokeswoman Elisabeth Byrs told a news briefing in Geneva.
The organisation has tried several times over the last few months to reach besieged areas in and around Damascus - especially Mouadamiya, Nashabiyeh, Douma, Harasta and Yarmouk - without success.
"We are quite concerned about malnutrition of children, especially in those besieged areas," she said.
Fighting in Raqqa and Deir al-Zor also prevented aid convoys from reaching people in those eastern provinces for the second consecutive month, Byrs said.
The conflict has killed more than 100,000 people and driven 2.3 million Syrian refugees abroad, according to the United Nations. Another 4 million have been displaced inside Syria.
The WFP needs to raise $35 million every week to meet the food needs of people both inside Syria and in neighbouring countries, Byrs said.
Assad uses starvation as a weapon - NCSR
The Syrian government is using starvation as a weapon, National Coalition of Syrian Revolution (NCSR) member Celaleddin Hanci said Tuesday.
The recent tightening of blockades by forces loyal to embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is preventing humanitarian aid from reaching opposition-controlled areas, according to Hanci.
“Assad has been using all kind of weapons against the Syrian people, including starvation,” Hanci said in an interview with AA reporter on the Turkish-Syrian border.
Hanci also said that next week’s Geneva II peace conference will fail unless the demands of the opposition are met before the talks begin.Last Mod: 14 Ocak 2014, 15:56