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UN Agency: 1.5 Million Syrians Need Food Aid

by Rukmani Krishna on September 26, 2012 at 11:57 PM
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 UN Agency: 1.5 Million Syrians Need Food Aid

The United Nations has said that the number of Syrians needing food aid has increased from 250,000 in April to 1.5 million in September.

The U.N.'s World Food Program warned that it is running short of funds to cover operations in Syria because of sharply growing needs.

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World Food Program chief Ertharin Cousin said the agency had raised 78 million dollars, but needs 60 million dollars more to cover its annual Syria budget, Fox News reports.

"The crisis is likely to worsen as Syria's wet, chilly winter rolls in," Cousin added.

Separately, the international envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, said that the conflict in Syria threatens to spill across the Middle East and is 'extremely bad and getting worse.'

In a closed-door session of the U.N. Security Council, Brahimi slammed Syrian President Bashar Assad, saying the leader has no intention of carrying out reforms that would end his family's four-decade grip on Syria. (ANI)

Source: ANI
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