MADRID, Oct. 14 (EUROPE PRESS) –
The UN estimates that escalating tensions in the northeastern area of Syria, the scene of a military offensive in Turkey, could cause up to 400,000 people to need some kind of assistance or protection “in the near future,” according to the World Food Program ( PMA).
This agency has already provided a first food aid to more than 70,000 people who have fled from different locations in northeastern Syria. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has raised the provisional number of displaced persons on Monday to 160,000.
WFP has expressed concern about the situation of civilians, given that the fighting may lead to the cutting of key routes for the provision of aid. He also fears that the number of displaced people will be greater, since many people choose to stay with family and friends instead of in shelters, which also leaves them out of the reach of any help.
“We are trying to reach as many people as possible and preparing emergency packages at a time when tens of thousands flee each day,” said WFP representative in Syria, Corinne Fleischer, in a statement. Fleischer has urged all parties to allow an “unconditional, unhindered and continuous” distribution of aid.
WFP provided assistance to 4.3 million people across the country in September, including more than half a million in northeastern Syria alone.