Syria warring parties continue to use "aid as weapon of war": UN

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A boy pulls a wheelchair along a debris strewn street in Al-Mashatiyeh neighbourhood of eastern Aleppo, Syria. Photo: UNHCR/Bassam Diab

The world must not stand silent as parties to the Syria conflict continue to use the denial of food, water, medical supplies, and other forms of aid as weapons of war, UN humanitarian officials have warned.

They have released a statement in the Swiss town of Davos on Monday, ahead of the annual World Economic forum (WEF), where the world's top business leaders and politicians meet.

The appeal was launched by the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), the World Food Programme (WFP), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

Priyanka Shankar reports.

UN agencies in Syria are once again calling for "immediate, unconditional and safe access" to reach children and families across the country who are still cut off from humanitarian aid.

Meanwhile, efforts to fully implement a nationwide ceasefire, brokered by Russia and Turkey and endorsed by the UN on 31 December last year, continue.

According to UN estimates, there are 15 besieged areas where up to 700,000 people, including an estimated 300,000 children, still remain trapped.

The world must not let 2017 repeat the tragedies of 2016 for Syria, UN humanitarian officials urged as they recalled the horrors of the siege of the eastern districts of Aleppo city.

Priyanka Shankar, United Nations.

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