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WFP’s Response Inside Syria and in Neighbouring Countries: Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt. Reporting Period: 16 January - 4 February 2013

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Syria: Work is underway to scale up assistance to an additional 1 million people. A staggered scale up will take place from February until April bringing the target to 2.5 million people. WFP will also provide wheat flour to bakeries to address the shortage of bread. In Syria, WFP reaches vulnerable people living in both opposition and government controlled areas with food assistance. Moreover, 40-45 per cent of the areas reached are in ‘opposition territory’.

Jordan: Alarmingly high numbers of Syrians have crossed into Jordan; 50,000 refugees have arrived since the beginning of the year and WFP has rapidly increased its voucher programme by 15% to include an additional 36,000 people during the month of January.

Lebanon: WFP has just received government approval to assist "Lebanese Returnees." The plan , in partnership with UNHCR and IOM will target 7,500 Lebanese returnees who were living in Syria for a long time. Support will be provided primarily through vouchers.

Turkey: Voucher distributions begin today in the two recently opened camps of Oshmaniye and Harran, that currently house over 10,000 refugees.

Egypt: The first distribution of vouchers to the most vulnerable Syrian takes place today to reach 1,100 people in the town on Damietta in the north on the Nile delta.

Iraq: Wheat flour will be introduced into the next distribution cycles in Al-Qaim Camp.