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WFP suspending food assistance program to Syrian refugees due to funding crisis

  • FILE - In this Wednesday December 11, 2013 file photo, a Syrian refugee woman with her children prepares food near her tent as a heavy snowstorm batters the region, in a camp for Syrians who fled their country’s civil war, in the Chouf mountain town of Ketermaya, Lebanon. The U.N. World Food Program says it has suspended a food voucher program serving more than 1.7 million Syrian refugees because of a funding crisis. The WFP says the program provided Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt with vouchers to buy food in local shops. (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari, File)

    FILE - In this Wednesday December 11, 2013 file photo, a Syrian refugee woman with her children prepares food near her tent as a heavy snowstorm batters the region, in a camp for Syrians who fled their country’s civil war, in the Chouf mountain town of Ketermaya, Lebanon. The U.N. World Food Program says it has suspended a food voucher program serving more than 1.7 million Syrian refugees because of a funding crisis. The WFP says the program provided Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt with vouchers to buy food in local shops. (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE -- In this Sunday June 29, 2014, file photo, Syrian refugee family members, who fled their home from Syria, break their fasting outside their tent at a Syrian refugee camp in the eastern town of Marj in Bekaa valley, Lebanon. The U.N. World Food Program says it has suspended a food voucher program serving more than 1.7 million Syrian refugees because of a funding crisis. The WFP says the program provided Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt with vouchers to buy food in local shops. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein, File)

    FILE -- In this Sunday June 29, 2014, file photo, Syrian refugee family members, who fled their home from Syria, break their fasting outside their tent at a Syrian refugee camp in the eastern town of Marj in Bekaa valley, Lebanon. The U.N. World Food Program says it has suspended a food voucher program serving more than 1.7 million Syrian refugees because of a funding crisis. The WFP says the program provided Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt with vouchers to buy food in local shops. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Thursday June 19, 2014, file photo, Syrian refugee Soultana Solaibi, 54, cooks food for her family outside her tent at a Syrian refugee camp in the eastern Lebanese town of Majdal Anjar, Lebanon. The U.N. World Food Program says it has suspended a food voucher program serving more than 1.7 million Syrian refugees because of a funding crisis. The WFP says the program provided Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt with vouchers to buy food in local shops. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein, File)

    FILE - In this Thursday June 19, 2014, file photo, Syrian refugee Soultana Solaibi, 54, cooks food for her family outside her tent at a Syrian refugee camp in the eastern Lebanese town of Majdal Anjar, Lebanon. The U.N. World Food Program says it has suspended a food voucher program serving more than 1.7 million Syrian refugees because of a funding crisis. The WFP says the program provided Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt with vouchers to buy food in local shops. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein, File)  (The Associated Press)

The U.N. World Food Program says it has suspended a food voucher program serving more than 1.7 million Syrian refugees because of a funding crisis.

The WFP says the program provided Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt with vouchers to buy food in local shops.

The U.N. agency said in a statement Monday that without the assistance "many families will go hungry."

WFP executive director Ertharin Cousin says the agency's Syria emergency operations are in critical need of funding — requiring $64 million to support Syrian refugees in December alone.

More than 3 million Syrians have fled the civil war in their homeland.