UN organizations appeal for humanitarian aid access in Syria

Orient Net 2017-01-16 11:36:00

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The chiefs of major United Nations organizations issued a statement Monday calling for immediate safe access to deliver aid to besieged civilians in Syria. 

The statement said that about 700,000 people, including 300,000 children, are still trapped in besieged areas and nearly five million live in areas extremely difficult to reach with humanitarian assistance. 

The appeal, which came from Davos in Switzerland, said many in Syria lack "the most basic elements to sustain their lives” and face "the continued risk of violence".

Iran-backed militias and Assad regime have systematically used siege as a weapon of war and blocked humanitarian aid to civilians in total disregard to the human suffering and international laws. 

The statement was issued by WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien, WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi.