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NPR Examines How U.S. Military Strikes In Syria Could Hinder Humanitarian Efforts

Noting the WHO “says the Syrian civil war is currently the worst ongoing humanitarian crisis on earth,” labeling “the situation a ‘Grade 3’ emergency, which is its highest alert level — reserved for an event ‘with substantial public health consequences that requires a substantial international response,’” NPR’s “Shots” blog and “Morning Edition” program examine how U.S. military strikes in the country could hinder humanitarian efforts. “Aid groups have been scrambling to provide shelter, food, water and health care to the huge numbers of people who’ve been uprooted by the fighting,” the news service writes, adding, “The big question now is whether U.S. military action could spark another wave of refugees and make the situation worse.” The news service provides quotes from Oxfam America President Raymond Offenheiser, “who spent last week touring refugee camps,” as well as World Food Programme (WFP) spokesperson Abeer Etefa, about how U.S. strikes may impact their respective organizations’ ongoing efforts (Beaubien, 9/9).