Record number of Syrians going hungry, aid groups warn Jun 30, 2020 0 24 12345 AFPBeirutLeading aid groups called Monday for increased access and funding for millions of Syrians at risk of starvation, on the eve of a key conference in Brussels. More than nine years into the conflict, the fighting has receded but the humanitarian emergency remains acute, the international NGOs said in a joint statement.“A staggering 9.3 million Syrians are now going to sleep hungry and more than another two million are at risk of a similar fate,” they said.The statement -- signed by the Norwegian Refugee Council, Oxfam, CARE, Mercy Corps and others -- said the number of Syrians facing food insecurity has risen by 42 percent since last year.“Almost a decade of war has thrown Syrians into a spiral of despair and destitution that keeps worsening every year. International assistance is needed now more than ever,” the aid groups said.“Unless funding and humanitarian access are increased, many Syrians, including those living as refugees in the region, will be pushed to the brink of starvation,” the aid groups said.UN humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock told the Security Council in New York on Monday that the levels of assistance “delivered across the border (into Syria) are far from sufficient”. Pages 123 RELATED ARTICLES Nine bodies found in new Libya mass grave: Pro-government forces Jun 30, 2020 0 1083 Israel’s annexation plans ‘illegal’: UN rights chief Jun 30, 2020 0 235 ‘It’s my dam’: Ethiopians unite around Nile River mega-project Jun 30, 2020 0 234 Iran asks Interpol to help arrest Trump for killing general AFP Tehran Iran said Monday it has called for Interpol to help arrest President Donald Trump and 35 other US officials for the January killing of its top general in an American drone strike. Tehran prosecutor Ali Qasi Mehr, .. Iran reports daily record of over 160 COVID-19 deaths Tehran Iran on Monday reported over 160 Covid-19-related deaths in 24 hours, a record number and one that has led to serious concern in the Health Ministry. The death toll has now risen to 10,670, with 225,205 infections .. Fire in Egypt hospital kills 7 coronavirus patients Cairo A fire at a hospital in Egypt’s coastal city of Alexandria on Monday killed seven coronavirus patients, security and medical sources said. Seven other people were injured in the blaze, believed to be caused by a .. Iraq frees 14 pro-Iran fighters held over rocket fire Baghdad More than a dozen pro-Iran fighters arrested in an unprecedented raid by elite Iraqi forces were released Monday and the case against them dropped, their group’s spokesman said. Counter-terrorism forces .. South African state corruption probe resumes after 3 months AFP Johannesburg A South African judicial commission probing state corruption during former president Jacob Zuma’s nine-year tenure resumed hearings on Monday after a three-month interruption casued by the ..