UN granted access to distribute aid in Syria

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The United Nations will begin to distribute humanitarian aid inside Syria after the government agreed to grant access.

At least seven UN aid agencies are to begin humanitarian operations in four Syrian provinces including Homs, Daraa, Idlib and Deir el-Zour.

John Ging, the Director of Operations at OCHA, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said the Syrian government has committed in writing to allow aid workers unimpeded access.

"After a long time of very intense negotiations we now have an agreement in writing with the Syrian government on the scale scope and modalities of humanitarian action in Syria. The freedom of movement the unimpeded access for humanitarian action within Syria is what it is all about now. The good faith of the government will be tested on this issue, today, tomorrow and every day. If we do not have unrestricted access, to move the aid to the people in need then we are blocked in our humanitarian action. Pieces of paper that purport to be agreements are meaningless. The test of the agreement now is in its implementation and it starts with access."

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The UN estimates that up to one million people inside Syria are in need of humanitarian assistance.

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