Heads of UN humanitarian and human rights offices urge safe passage for trapped civilians in Syria

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Syrian families continue to flee the country. This photograph was taken at the Jordan border (© UNHCR/J.Kohler)

The heads of the UN humanitarian and human rights offices have expressed alarm at the escalating violence in Homs and Aleppo, Syria.

UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay have called on all parties to immediately stop actions that might result in civilian loss of life.

They note that up to 2,500 people remain trapped inside Homs, where there are reports of continued shelling, use of long-range weapons and ground attacks using tanks.

The two leaders urge all parties to grant immediate safe passage to allow civilians to leave Homs and to allow humanitarian aid to get in.

They also urge all parties to respect their obligations under international human rights and humanitarian laws to protect civilians and to allow neutral, impartial humanitarian organizations safe access to all people in need, wherever they are in Syria.

Gerry Adams, United Nations.

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