Syrian Government, Rebels Block Aid Delivery In Violation Of U.N. Resolution, Ban Says

News outlets discuss aid delivery in Syria, including a U.N. report from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon saying the Syrian government and rebels possibly violated a Security Council resolution by blocking assistance.

Bloomberg News: Warring Syrian Parties Block Aid Against U.N. Resolution, Ban Says
“Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces and the armed rebel groups seeking to topple him continue to block aid, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, signaling a possible violation of the Security Council resolution that threatens punitive measures in event of non-compliance…” (Yoon, 3/24).

Foreign Policy: Exclusive: Syria’s U.N. Aid Jam
“Brushing aside vague threats from the United Nations Security Council, the Syrian government continued over the past month to lay siege to more than 220,000 of its own civilians, block the delivery of life-saving medicines to opposition areas, and maintain bureaucratic restrictions making it extremely difficult for U.N. relief workers to reach hundreds of thousands of needy Syrians, according to an unpublished March 22 report by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon…” (Lynch, 3/23).

New York Times: U.N. Report Faults Syria and Rebels for Blocking Relief Supplies
“A month after the Security Council ordered warring parties in Syria to let aid workers into besieged areas and stop indiscriminate attacks on civilians, the office of the United Nations secretary general says that the Syrian government continues to delay or ignore requests for access and that relentless fighting among opposition groups has also kept many areas of the country inaccessible…” (Sengupta, 3/23).

New York Times: Complexity of Conflict Leaves Donors Wary of Aiding Syrians
“When an earthquake killed 150,000 people in Haiti in 2010, private individuals donated $20 million to the international aid group Mercy Corps to help victims, most of it within weeks of the disaster. During three years of turmoil in Syria that have produced a similar death toll, the organization has collected just $2 million for Syrians…” (Barnard, 3/22).

Reuters: Despite U.N. resolution, Syria’s war foes hinder aid access: Ban
“The United Nations accused Syria’s government and rebels of hindering aid access, suggesting both sides could be violating U.N. Security Council demands that emergency relief reach civilians caught in the crossfire of the three-year civil war…” (Nichols, 3/24).

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