05/09/13 18:44 CET
| updated xx mn ago
| updated at xx
The UNHCR is sounding the alarm that it will run out of money to feed a quarter of Syrian refugees in Lebanon within weeks.
UN Under-Secretary General Valerie Amos has been in Damascus to meet with the Syrian Social Affairs Minister and the Red Crescent as all Syria’s neighbours sound similar alarms that they can no longer cope. Ministers in Turkey, Jordan and Iraq say they will soon be unable to give any more, and Lebanon’s plight is acute.
The cash crunch means food aid will have to be targeted from October 1 for Lebanon’s 720,000 Syrian refugees. The UN was promised 1.3 billion euros for them, but only 27 percent has appeared.
Meanwhile as the fighting rages in Syria’s ancient Christian village of Maaloula and its surrounding mountains, al-Qaeda-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra fighters have been taking on the Syrian government for control.
They do not appear to lack resources, and a heavy army presence did not prevent them from patrolling in the village, and surrounding a church and a mosque before they left Maaloula on Thursday.
Latest world news
Baghdad protesters leave Green Zone but vow to keep up pressure over corruption
National issues highlighted in Europe’s May Day rallies
From Jerusalem to Damascus to Moscow, Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter
Brussels airport departure hall reopens after terror attacks
Dozens killed in ISIL suicide blasts in southern Iraq
Wires > News
- 00:46 CET Puerto Rico declares moratorium on Government Development Bank’s…
- 00:37 CET Egyptian police raid press syndicate, arrest two journalists
- 23:05 CET Islamic State boosts attacks in response to territorial losses -…
- 22:43 CET French far-right veteran Le Pen predicts daughter’s failure in…
- 21:49 CET Bomb attack in southeast Turkey wounds 10 troops, Kurdish…
- 21:30 CET Yemen officials say peace talks suspended after Houthis seize base
- 21:28 CET Bergdahl defense can access classified information, court rules
- 21:11 CET Connecticut governor honored for welcoming Syrian refugees