UN aid chief demands secure access to stricken Syrians

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Geneva – UN aid chief Stephen O’Brien, who is visiting Damascus next month, expressed his hope for a better humanitarian access to stranded Syrian people who have been suffering miserable living conditions for more than four years of a war that has claimed lives of at least 240 thousand civilians. 

Speaking to the UN Security Council, O’Brien hoped that the visit “will provide an opportunity to constructively engage with the government to address some of the significant access challenges that seriously impede humanitarian operations.”

“Carving out space to meet the humanitarian needs of Syria’s people is today’s imperative,” he said.

According to the United Nations, 12.2 million Syrians are in need of humanitarian assistance. 

“We must have rapid, sustainable access to deliver essential humanitarian items to all people in need, in all parts of the country, without delay or hindrance,” O’Brien said.

“A political solution is more urgent than ever to end this futile, hopeless cycle of brutality and violence.” 

Reporting by: Lorin Silo 

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