Access to food ‘precarious’ for Syrians stranded near Jordan

The U.N. humanitarian chief has called for immediate accessibility to deliver “life-saving assistance” to 50,000 Syrians stranded to the sealed edge with Jordan, amid reports of decreasing food supplies.

Mark Lowcock advised the U.N. Security Council from Jordan late Monday that “access to food is precarious” for displaced Syrians from the desert Circle of Rukban.

Aid officials say after Syrian government forces advanced in the region commercial food imports to Rukban dropped because the summer.

They say that acute malnutrition among children is on the upswing and market prices have jumped.

U.N. food deliveries out of Jordan are intermittent. Jordan balks from its dirt at regular aid shipments, citing security concerns.

Lowcock says U.N. agencies “are straining every sinew” to attempt to deliver help from Syria.

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