WFP prepares to aid 500,000 Syrians

The World Food Program is scaling up its operations in Syria in a bid to reach 200,000 people by the end of April and up to 500,000 “in the coming weeks.”

The expansion of WFP’s food aid program in the conflict-torn country was requested by the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin said. She added that WFP is ready to scale up its program further, pending progress in the security and access situation in the country.

WFP is also set to train Red Crescent workers and volunteers to improve their capacity to distribute aid, said Daly Belgasmi, head of WFP’s Middle East and North Africa operations.

Meanwhile, the United Nations is still awaiting approval from the Syrian government for a $180 million aid operation designed to meet the needs of 1 million Syrians over a six-month period.

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