Warring parties in Syria urged to allow relief aid to people in need

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Government and opposition forces in Syria have been urged to stop fighting and to allow unconditional humanitarian access to all the people in need in the war-torn country.

The appeal has been made by the heads of five major UN humanitarian agencies in a joint statement issued on Wednesday.

They recalled that a similar appeal they made a year ago has gone largely unanswered and that the conflict has intensified in recent weeks.

Stephane Dujarric is the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

“The agency Heads called on all parties to enable unconditional humanitarian access to all people in need, using all available routes either across lines inside Syria or across its borders. They also called on the parties to lift the sieges on civilians currently being imposed by all sides, and to end indiscriminate bombing and shelling of civilians by the Government and opposition groups.”

They warned that for the civilians remaining in Aleppo and the Old City of Homs as well as other parts of the country, "the worst days seem yet to come."

In Aleppo alone, at least one million people are now in need of urgent humanitarian assistance.

More than 9.3 million people across Syria are now affected by the conflict which has entered its fourth year.

The appeal was signed by the heads of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the UN Children's Fund, the UN Refugee Agency, the World Food Programme, and the World Health Organization.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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