Iran has sent 30,000 tons of food supplies to the impoverished Syrians who have been suffering from an extremist-marked insurgency for three years, Syrian state media has reported.
State TV said Tuesday that the massive shipment has arrived at a port on the Mediterranean Sea.
The aid comes as the United Nations warned of a major food drought in Syria that could leave millions of people struggle with hunger.
The drought could cut wheat production in the country’s northwest breadbasket to a record low of 1.7 million to 2 million metric tons, the World Food Program said.
“WFP is concerned about the impact of a looming drought hitting the northwest of the country – mainly Aleppo, Idlib, and Hama, with rainfall less than half of the long term average (since September) and potentially major impacts on the next cereal harvest,” WFP spokeswoman Elisabeth Byrs told a news briefing in Geneva on Tuesday.
Syria sank into war in 2011 when pro-reform protests turned into a massive insurgency following the intervention of Western and regional states.
The unrest, which took in terrorist groups from across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, has transpired as one of the bloodiest conflicts in recent history.