Top of the Morning: Funding Shortages Force Food Rations Cut for Somali Refugees

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Funding Shortages Force World Food Programme to Cut Rations for Somali Refugees 

About $10 million/month is needed to feed residents of these two camps in Northern Kenya. “The WFP and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) have announced that beginning on 1 November, WFP will be forced to reduce food rations for more than half a million refugees in the Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps due to lack of resources. ‘We have done everything possible to avoid this, but it has become necessary to reduce ration sizes by 20 percent in November and December in order to stretch our existing food stocks to last through the end of the year,’ said Ronald Sibanda, WFP’s country director for Kenya.” (WFP

Israeli Warplanes Strike Targets in Syria

The last time the Israelis struck inside Syria was in May. “Israeli warplanes struck a military base near the Syrian port city of Latakia this week, an Obama administration official told CNN on Thursday. An explosion at a missile storage site in the area was reported in the Middle Eastern press, but an attack has not been confirmed by the Israeli government. The target, according to the Obama administration official, was missiles and related equipment the Israelis felt might be transferred to the Lebanon-based militant group Hezbollah. The official declined to be identified because of the sensitive nature of the information.” (CNN