Aid in Syria to be delivered across borders and conflict lines: UN

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Millions of Syrians in besieged and hard to reach areas may soon have access to urgent food aid and basic healthcare following the adoption of a UN resolution on Monday.

Members of the Security Council voted unanimously to authorize the delivery of humanitarian aid to the people of Syria through the most direct routes, including across borders and conflict lines.

At least 10.8 million people inside the country are in urgent need of assistance.

Gary Quinlan, the Permanent Representative of Australia to the UN, said the four border points identified would allow an additional 1.3 million Syrians to be reached.

"Only 1 per cent of people in besieged areas are being reached, only 12 per cent of those in hard to reach areas are receiving aid. And the amount of this meagre assistance has declined each month since February. Six to 7,000 new refugees are generated everyday, at least 1 family in Syria is becomes displaced every minute."

The resolution obliges the Syrian parties to enable the immediate and unhindered delivery of humanitarian aid to those in need, and cooperate with the UN's humanitarian agencies and their partners on the ground to ensure this happens, Ambassador Quinlan said.

The Council has affirmed there would be "real consequences" if  Syrian parties do not comply, he added.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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