Humanitarians issue call for urgent access to Aleppo

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Al-Riad shelter, Aleppo, Syria. Photo: OCHA/Josephine Guerrero

The United Nations is calling for urgent access to Aleppo to assist more than two million people trapped in the Syrian city.

The appeal comes in statement issued on Monday by UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria, Yacoub El Hillo, and the Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis, Kevin Kennedy.

Dianne Penn reports.

The statement says communities in both east and west Aleppo have borne the brunt of the "vicious" conflict in Syria.

It calls for a "humanitarian pause" in the fighting so that aid can be brought into the city and its electricity and water networks can be repaired.

As many as 275,000 residents remain trapped in eastern Aleppo after the last remaining access road there was closed in early July, according to the statement.

Meanwhile, the main access route into the western part of the city has also been cut off, rendering Aleppo "a city now united in its suffering."

The UN stands ready to assist civilians, the statement continued.

The two aid officials said that at a minimum, this will require implementing a full-fledged ceasefire or weekly 48-hour humanitarian pauses. 

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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