UN agency says Syrian refugees in neighboring countries could rise to 700,00 by year end

UN agency says Syrian refugees in neighboring countries could rise to 700,00 by year end
# 13 December 2012 02:59 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. The UN refugee agency UNHCR warns that the number of Syrian refugees registered in neighbouring countries, which now stands at more than half a million, could increase to 700,000 by the end of the year, UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said here Wednesday, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

"Inside the country, the agency reports about 250,000 internally displaced people in Homs urgently need winter supplies and access to basic health services," Nesirky said at a daily news briefing here. "The agency delivered urgent winter aid including quilts, sleeping mats, blankets, mattresses and sanitary supplies to thousands of displaced people in Homs over the last two weeks."

Meanwhile, the World Food Program (WFP) says that food insecurity is on the rise in Syria and that the distribution of its monthly food rations have been affected by lack of funds.

In November, WFP dispatched food rations for more than 1.3 million people in all governorates, and they hope to reach 1.5 million people in December.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) adds that nationwide electricity cuts and fuel shortages have affected people's access to cooking, heating and telecommunications, Nesirky said. "The delivery of humanitarian aid has also been affected as fuel shortages have caused delays to aid convoys."

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