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WFP’s Response Inside Syria and in Neighbouring Countries: Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq - Situation Report #18

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Reporting Period: 2- 8 September 2012

HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES

SYRIA– The situation in Syria remains tense across the country resulting in operational constraints for WFP as well as other humanitarian organizations while humanitarian needs grow dramatically.
The OCHA-led joint UN mission to Homs aiming to assess the humanitarian situation as well as possibility of a fixed UN presence in the governorate took place from 4 to 6 September. The mission conveys concerns about the humanitarian situation of the population in affected areas. Food dispatches for the August cycle concluded on 6 September with 152,600 rations for 763,000 beneficiaries (approximately 90 percent of the planned figure) while distributions continue in remaining governorates.

JORDAN – During the reporting period, Human Relief Foundation (HRF) completed the distribution for the first cycle of the second phase to 419 beneficiaries (101 families) in Cyber city. WFP provided an average of 43,400 meals through its implementing partner TUA, in Ramtha and Al Za’atari camp, reaching an average of 22,000 beneficiaries daily.

LEBANON – In the North, the August distribution cycle has reached 2,700 Syrian families: 2,300 households received around 10,500 food vouchers and 430 households, with limited access or other restraints, received food packages so far. Distributions are on-going. The voucher programme will begin in Tripoli area under the September cycle. In the Bekaa Valley, the first round of September voucher distribution is on-going in four locations reaching 998 households so far. In the remote areas, DRC will distribute food parcels door to door for 77 households for September cycle.

IRAQ- Distribution started on 6 September and will continue for 10 days from until 16 September, on the first two days, WFP reached about 4,000 beneficiaries with 34mt of food

TURKEY- The voucher programme is planned to start in Kilis camp and then in Hatay province during the fourth quarter of 2012; this first voucher cycle will cover a caseload of 20,000 people. The proposed assistance is expected to gradually expand as cooking facilities and access to shops are available in other camps.