United Nations: Over 4.1 Million Syrians Receive Food Aid

In August, over 4.1 million people living in Syria were given food rations due to additional convoys able to cross the front lines and the borders from Jordan and Turkey, according to the World Food Program of the United Nations.

The WFP’s regional coordinator of emergencies for the crisis in Syria, Muhannad Hadi said the group was able to reach more people each day with food assistance that is urgently needed. Many of the people they are now reaching said Hadi have been hungry for a number of months.

Over the past six weeks, the WFP and its partner agencies have been able to cross front lines and reach over 580,000 people, which is four times more than the 137,000 it reached in the previous six weeks, said Hadi.

The Security Council at the U.N. authorized the movement of the aid from the U.N. in July through four different border crossings.

That ended over a year of aid being paralyzed due to Damascus denying the U.N. staff permission to cross its borders into areas held by rebels.

Although those areas are not controlled by Syrian forces, the U.N. said could not infringe on the sovereignty of Syria.

Since the end of July, the U.N. said five convoys have crossed the border from Turkey and Jordan carrying food rations that included lentils, rice, pasta, oil, canned food, bulgur, beans, salt, sugar and canned food for more than 69, 500 people. The areas reached included Idlib, Aleppo, Deraa and Quneitra that have been hard to reach for months, said the WFP.

The access that has improved for humanitarian aid has helped to increase the number of people receiving food rations from just 3.7 million during July.

However, the WFP has not yet reached its target month for feeding Syrian that in August was 4.25 million about one fifth of the population pre-war of the country.

The WFP said it had to raise more than $35 million weekly to meet the needs for food of the Syrian who are affected by the civil war, including more than 3 million refugees scattered across the neighboring countries.

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