UN organizations called for unconditional humanitarian access in Syria

UN organizations called for unconditional humanitarian access in Syria
# 23 April 2014 18:01 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Heads of UN organs and agencies launched a joint statement on Wednesday to call for all parties in Syria to enable unconditional humanitarian access to all civilians in need, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

The statement, launched by the UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos, UNICEF head Anthony Lake, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres, WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin and WHO Director General Margaret Chan, was made following the humanitarian situation deteriorated day after day in Syria after the war, which entered its fourth year, escalated in many areas.

As the fighting has intensified in recent weeks, at least 1 million people are now in need of urgent humanitarian assistance in the northern city of Aleppo alone.

Across Syria, some 3.5 million people live in areas under siege or unable to be reached with humanitarian assistance.

However, humanitarian access to those in need is being denied too often by all sides. Aerial bombardment, rockets, mortars and other indiscriminate attacks slaughter innocent men, women, and children.

The heads of UN organs and agencies called upon all parties to lift the sieges on civilians currently being imposed by all sides, such as those now sealing off parts of Aleppo, the Old City of Homs, Yarmouk, East Ghouta, Moadhamieh, Nubl and Zahra.

In addition, they urged the government and opposition groups to end the indiscriminate bombing and shelling of civilians and stop all other violations of international humanitarian law

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