Access must be granted for humanitarian aid in Syria: UN Security Council

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Families evacuated from East Ghouta, Syria, congregate in the courtyard of the Dahit Qudsayya collective shelter for basic aid. Photo: OCHA/Josephine Guerrero

The UN Security Council has passed a resolution demanding access routes be opened up for humanitarian aid in Syria.

The resolution calls on all parties, particularly the Syrian authorities, to immediately open up access corridors for humanitarian aid across conflict lines and borders.

More than a quarter of a million people are believed to have been killed in nearly five years of violence in Syria.

Veronica Reeves has more.

In its first resolution on Syria since giving the UN a more prominent role in finding a peaceful settlement to the crisis in the country, the Security Council Tuesday demanded better access for humanitarian aid.

In the resolution, aimed at improving the delivery of vital humanitarian assistance, the Council expressed concern over the lack of compliance with several similar resolutions.

In particular, the Council was "deeply disturbed" by the inability of humanitarian actors to reach nearly 400,000 people trapped in besieged areas of Syria with critical food and medical assistance.

The 15-member body requested the Syrian authorities to "expeditiously respond" to requests for humanitarian deliveries from the UN and its partners.

The council also voiced concern that terrorist organizations such as ISIL, Al-Nusra Front and groups linked to Al-Qaida were further hindering access.

Veronica Reeves, United Nations.

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