UN senior aid adviser renews call for Syria aid access

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An emotional UN Special Advisor Jan Egeland (left) embraces UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura amid ongoing aid access problems to Eastern Ghouta., where more than 400,000 people need humanitarian help. Photo: UN Photo/Violaine Martin

The lack of aid deliveries to Syria's most desperate communities and a continuing veto on the evacuation of hundreds of extremely sick civilians feel like a personal "failure", a senior humanitarian adviser to the UN said on Thursday.

Speaking to journalists in Geneva, Jan Egeland explained that in opposition-held Eastern Ghouta outside Damascus, another week has gone by without any access for aid convoys.

Nearly 500 people still need urgent medical help there too, Mr Egeland told Daniel Johnson, after chairing a regular international humanitarian taskforce meeting in the Swiss city.

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