A Syrian refugee boy displays a placard during a protest for a ninth consecutive day in central Athens November 27, 2014. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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A lack of funds has forced the United Nations to stop providing food vouchers for 1.7 million Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt, the World Food Program (WFP) said Monday.The impact could be particularly devastating in Lebanon, where more than 1.1 million Syrian refugees -- one-quarter of the country's permanent population -- are scattered across some 1,700 communities, according to the U.N. refugee agency.It was not clear how hungry Syrian refugees might fill the gap left by WFP suspending its voucher program.WFP had warned last month that it might be forced to impose such a suspension and said it might have to announce a similar measure in January for people reliant on aid within Syria, where at least 7.6 million people are internally displaced.
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