Human Rights Group, U.N. Official Denounce Syria For Blocking Aid To Warn-Torn Regions

Human Rights Watch and U.N. Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos on Friday denounced Syria for blocking the flow of humanitarian aid, news outlets report.

Al Jazeera America: Syrian government accused of blocking aid to war-ravaged areas
“A leading human rights group accused Syria’s government Friday of blocking aid to war-torn areas by denying permission to use rebel-held border crossings, as an U.N. agency warned of a historically challenging outbreak of polio in the country…” (3/28).

New York Times: U.N. Official Denounces Syria on Aid Access
“The United Nations chief of emergency relief was unusually forthright on Friday in criticizing the Syrian government’s blocking of humanitarian aid, pointing to its denials of access and continued use of barrel bombs — both blatant violations of international law…” (Sengupta, 3/28).

U.N. News Centre: Syria: U.N. official cites ‘bleak’ humanitarian situation, urges unhindered access to civilians
“The United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator warned the Security Council today that as the Syrian civil war grinds on and millions of desperate people remain cut off from aid, ‘the humanitarian situation remains bleak, and will continue to be bleak, unless we are granted full and unhindered access, through the most efficient and direct means’…” (3/28).

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