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Iraq/Syria: Food-loaded WFP aircraft takes off to Syria01:29

Iraq/Syria: Food-loaded WFP aircraft takes off to Syria

Syrian Arab Republic, Erbil, Iraq and Qamishli
February 5, 2014 at 21:06 GMT +00:00 · Published

Iraq/Syria: Food-loaded WFP aircraft takes off to Syria

A United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) aircraft took off from Erbil and landed in the Syrian city of Qamishli with 40 tonnes (80,000 lb) of food on Wednesday. The supplies are expected to feed 30,000 displaced people during one month.

A total of ten flights will bring more than 400 tonnes (800,000 lb) of supplies to UNICEF and the International Organisation for Migration, which will feed around 30,000 Syrians.

Road access to north-eastern Syria’s Al Hassakeh governorate remains blocked, and humanitarian agencies have not been able to reach the site by road for more than five months. Around 7,500 people have recently fled Al Hassakeh to Qamishli or other cities near the Iraqi border, WFP said. WFP has already brought food to more than 62,000 people in Qamishli in December, but still voices the need for over $2 billion (€1.5 billion) to assist more than seven million Syrians, within and outside the country's borders.

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Iraq/Syria: Food-loaded WFP aircraft takes off to Syria

A United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) aircraft took off from Erbil and landed in the Syrian city of Qamishli with 40 tonnes (80,000 lb) of food on Wednesday. The supplies are expected to feed 30,000 displaced people during one month.

A total of ten flights will bring more than 400 tonnes (800,000 lb) of supplies to UNICEF and the International Organisation for Migration, which will feed around 30,000 Syrians.

Road access to north-eastern Syria’s Al Hassakeh governorate remains blocked, and humanitarian agencies have not been able to reach the site by road for more than five months. Around 7,500 people have recently fled Al Hassakeh to Qamishli or other cities near the Iraqi border, WFP said. WFP has already brought food to more than 62,000 people in Qamishli in December, but still voices the need for over $2 billion (€1.5 billion) to assist more than seven million Syrians, within and outside the country's borders.