Iran elected to WFP board despite ‘grave abuses’

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Iran was elected to the board of the World Food Programme (WFP) on Wednesday despite its record of using access to food as a weapon of war, following a vote by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Council. Since the Syrian conflict began in 2011, Iran and its allied militias have supported the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, sending fighters and equipment. Pro-Iranian militias, most notably Hezbollah, have been accused of using starvation as a war tactic during sieges of opposition-held towns and areas. One of the most notable examples was the town of Madaya near Damascus in 2015, …

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