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Syria

The February dispatch cycle for distribution of in-kind food assistance is currently underway, with a plan to deliver up to 850,000 family food rations, sufficient for over 4.2 million beneficiaries, to partners for distribution. Food sector members continue to find alternative modalities to deliver food aid to areas with prolonged access constraints.

In Aleppo, assistance is being redirected to western Aleppo City to meet emerging needs in view of the new population displacement, as there remains no access to the rural and eastern areas where 1.25 million people are estimated to be in need of food assistance. In Al-Hasakeh, a second round of airlifts from Iraq are underway with a plan to deliver 32,400 family food rations, bags of wheat flour and rice by mid-March. By 26 February, 10,352 family food rations, 10,875 bags of wheat flour and 10,313 bags of rice were shipped to Quamishly. With humanitarian needs escalating in the governorate, the airlifted food rations are being split to reach double the number of beneficiaries. In the meantime, further population displacements were reported over the reporting period. (Source: OCHA Humanitarian Bulletin Syria Issue 43, 13-26 February 2014)

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The February dispatch cycle for distribution of in-kind food assistance is currently underway, with a plan to deliver up to 850,000 family food rations, sufficient for over 4.2 million beneficiaries, to partners for distribution. Food sector members continue to find alternative modalities to deliver food aid to areas with prolonged access constraints.

According to the Joint Rapid Food Security Needs Assessment (JRFSNA) 3 undertaken in June 2013, 5-10% of the most vulnerable rural population are reportedly female-headed households. “With less or no income and very little savings, high recurring expenses and many mouths to feed, their resources are fast depleting.

The conflict in Syria is contributing to the near collapse of urban systems. Some 6.8 million Syrians are in need including 4.25 million that are internally displaced. The capacities of urban services are strained to their limit, resulting in life threatening conditions for vulnerable populations. Humanitarian assistance needs to be implemented in a way that strengthens existing capacities, resources and networks. UNHABITAT initiated the Urban Snapshots series to raise awareness on critical urban issues in the Syria emergency and to provide an overview of response options and approaches.