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Food situation in Syria aggravates

July 10, 2013, 13:04 UTC+3
WFP Germany director Ralf Suedhoff said Syria lacked wheat flour, which was 40 percent less than usually because many bakeries were unable to work
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BERLIN, July 10 (Itar-Tass) - The food situation in Syria aggravated drastically, experts of the U.N. World Food Programme said.

It is necessary to immediately step up efforts to provide aid to the Syrian population, the experts said. “The food situation in Syria has drastically aggravated,” WFP Germany director Ralf Suedhoff said on Wednesday.

Suedhoff said Syria lacked wheat flour, which was 40 percent less than usually because many bakeries were unable to work. In addition peasants keep fewer fowls and cattle, including sheep and cows. Many grounds are not being followed because of the lack of crops and fertilizers. Or peasants escape by seeking to leave the areas of military actions, the German expert said.

He noted, “The crisis in Syria is the most serious challenge to the U.N. World Food Programme.” “It is rather expensive to provide aid,” he added.

“We have to provide aid to four million of refugees in Syria and we spend about 20 billion euros per week,” Suedhoff said.

He regretted that private donations became rarer. At the same time, he said many people could not survive without the WFP aid.

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