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Aid Organization: Millions on ‘Brink of Starvation’ in Syria

The head of the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) said on Monday that millions of Syrians are facing food shortages, and half of the country’s population goes to bed hungry. WFP chief David Beasley said people in both opposition-controlled areas and government-controlled areas are in urgent need.

The shortages are due to many factors, including the nine-year war, US sanctions on Syria, and the coronavirus pandemic. “We’ve got people on the brink of starvation now, and they can’t wait. People will die, and people are dying as we speak,” Beasley said.

Food prices in Syria are the highest they have been since the war started in 2011. The Syrian currency recently collapsed mainly due to new US sanctions, which took effect two weeks ago. Syria was already under heavy US sanctions, but the new measures can target anyone, regardless of nationality, who invests in the country. The new sanctions discourage Syria’s neighbors, like Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq, from helping the reconstruction effort.