Ging calls for Syria to increase access to conflict areas

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A displaced Syrian family in the suburb of Sanoura, Damascus. OCHA/David Gough

The situation continues to deteriorate in Syria, according to John Ging, Director of the Operational Division at OCHA, the UN humanitarian agency.

Following a four-day mission to Syria, along with seven other United Nations humanitarian agencies, Mr. Ging briefed the UN press corps, saying the agencies want to find more ways to reach more people in more places faster and in a better way. Two million Syrians are internally displaced, while four million more are in need.

Mr. Ging says he has requested the Syrian Government to increase access to be able to cross conflict lines.

“We started with our discussions with the Government seeking to emphasize to them and secure their agreement on better access. They have a responsibility to facilitate and support our humanitarian access under international humanitarian law and we have not been satisfied with the access that we have been able to secure.”

Duration:  21″

Mr. Ging also called for the 18 UN staff members who have been detained by the Syrian authorities to be released immediately.

He said the biggest humanitarian effort is being carried out by Syrians themselves in their own country, as families host increasing numbers of internally displaced.

Gerry Adams, United Nations.
Duration:  1’22″

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