Record 12.4mn people food insecure in war-torn Syria, WFP warns

A record 12.4 million people in war-torn Syria are struggling to find enough food to eat, the UN food agency has said, in an increase it described on Saturday as “alarming”. The figure means “60 percent of the Syrian population are now food insecure”, the World Food Programme said, based on results of a nationwide assessment in late 2020. It marks a sharp increase from 9.3 million people who were food insecure in May last year. “More Syrians are slipping deeper into hunger, poverty and food insecurity than ever before,” WFP spokeswoman Jessica Lawson told AFP. “It is alarming that a basic meal…

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