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Agency needs millions to feed displaced Syrians

UNITED NATIONS (AP) – The United Nation’s food program needs millions of dollars to feed sharply growing numbers of Syrians caught in the country’s civil war, the agency director says.

World Food Program chief Ertharin Cousin said Syrians needing aid has grown to 1.5 million, up from 250,000 people in April.

She said Monday the agency had raised $78 million but needs $60 million more to cover its annual Syria budget.

In addition to aid pledges, Cousin said, donor countries need to exert diplomatic pressure to ensure the Syrian government allows agency workers access to those in need.

The U.N.’s food program also provides food and vouchers for an additional 250,000 Syrian refugees in neighboring countries.

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