Wednesday, April 3, 2013

"Syria: UN food agency convoys increasingly caught in conflict"

“The growing cycle of violence in Syria is preventing life-saving food aid from reaching many of the millions of vulnerable people in need, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today, reiterating its call on all parties to allow humanitarian aid and workers to pass safely into disputed areas… WFP sub-contracted trucks are often stopped at checkpoints and in many instances are forced to turn back, or sometimes hijacked. In March, three trucks, loaded with food for 17,000 people in Al Hassakeh, were detained by an armed group in rural Deir Ezzor. The drivers and the trucks were released but the food has not yet been recovered, the UN agency reported.”

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