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WFP Resumes Food Delivery In Iraq's Largest Governorate

UNITED NATIONS, Sept 5 (Bernama) -- The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has resumed food delivery in Iraq's largest governorate of al-Anbar for the first time since May, China's Xinhua news agency reports.

The WFP distributed the first batches of food to displaced Iraqi families in Ramadi and Heet cities in the war-torn governorate this week, an area encompassing much of western part of Iraq.

The latest deliveries -- which target an estimated 76,000 people displaced by the fighting -- bring the total number of people assisted by WFP in Iraq since mid-June to over 838,000.

The humanitarian situation in Iraq continues to deteriorate because of fighting.

Throughout the country, more than 1.5 million people have been displaced in precarious conditions with many without access to food, water or other basic essentials.

WFP has been using new routes to deliver food in the coming days and expects to reach families displaced in volatile areas including southern region of al-Anbar, Iraq's largest governorate bordering Syria, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

WFP's operations in Iraq have been rapidly scaled up in recent weeks thanks to a US$148.9-million contribution in July from Saudi Arabia.

-- BERNAMA




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