Warring parties in Syria disregard Security Council resolution

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Valerie Amos. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Violence continues to obstruct access to the people in need in Syria despite a Security Council resolution calling on the warring parties to adhere to international humanitarian law.

That's what the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos told reporters during her latest briefing on Wednesday.

She said that more than 241,000 people in Syria remain under siege.

At least 2.5 million people in Aleppo were deliberately deprived of water for over a week in May when armed opposition groups shut down the city's main pumping station.

She added that it is three months since the Security Council adopted its resolution.

'It's a resolution which is extremely comprehensive and seeks to address issues related to access to people in need inside Syria, the obligations by the parties to adhere to international humanitarian law, and the demilitarization of schools and hospitals. The monitoring reports presented to the Security Council show that the resolution has not delivered what it intended and we continue to see rising levels of violence in Syria."

Ms Amos said to reach every Syrian in need, all delivery routes should be used, including across borders and over front lines.

The 6.5 million people displaced in Syria are approximately 20 per cent of the total number of people internally displaced by conflict across the world.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations

Duration: 1'36"

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