Resolution adopted to renew humanitarian access into Syria

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A Syrian mother with her child. UNHCR/Laban Mattei.

A resolution to renew humanitarian access in rebel-held areas of Syria until January 2016 has been unanimously adopted by the UN Security Council.

The authorization applies to four border crossings from Turkey, Iraq and Jordan without the Syrian Government's approval.

The UN reports that more than 190,000 people have been killed, including well over 10,000 children, as a result of the Syrian conflict which started in 2011.

The Permanent Representative of Syria to the UN, Bashar Ja’afari, spoke to the media following the Security Council's decision.

“The resolution addresses the issue of the supplies of humanitarian assistance to the Syrian people. The Syrian Government has been constantly, permanently a full-fledged partner in the operations aiming at distributing humanitarian assistance all over Syria.” (24″)

Ambassador Ja’afari was responding to claims by some governments that the delivery of humanitarian aid was being hindered by the Syrian authorities.

He said terrorist groups, such as ISIL, are responsible for the aid not getting into Syria.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

Duration: 1’28″

 

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