Syria in aid crisis as oil-rich states fail to deliver

MILLIONS of Syrian refugees face food rationing and cutbacks to critical medical programmes.

Oil-rich Gulf states have failed to deliver the funding they promised for emergency humanitarian aid following an investigation by British newspaper The Independent.

Arab states and aid groups, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Bahrain, have failed to deliver $650m (£420m) in pledges they made at an emergency United Nations conference in Kuwait four months ago.

The severe shortfall, together with predictions the Syrian refugee crisis could triple by the end of the year, is forcing UN aid agencies to plan for food rationing and to scale back health programmes including vaccinations.