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UN chief to Syria: Let in aid workers

UN chief to Syria: Let in aid workers

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the Syrian government Friday to immediately give humanitarian workers access to people who desperately need aid.
The U.N. chief talked with reporters after government troops blocked a Red Cross convoy from delivering aid to an especially hard-hit neighborhood in the besieged city of Homs.
U.N. humanitarian chief Valerie Amos has been attempting, without success, to get permission from the Syrian government to visit.
Ban said President Bashar Assad's regime should let Amos into the country to assess the situation without delay. He said that ideally that should happen before the new special envoy to Syria, former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, meets with Arab League representatives in Cairo on Wednesday.
"The images which we have seen in Syria are atrocious," said Ban. "It's totally unacceptable, intolerable. How, as a human being can you bear this situation?
"This really troubles me. I'm deeply sad, seeing all that has happened," he added.
"The Syrian authorities must open, without any preconditions, to humanitarian communities," the U.N. chief said. "Why are they afraid of receiving the head of the U.N. humanitarian department?"
Ban was to address the General Assembly on Syria later Friday.
The United Nations says more than 7,500 people have been killed in an 11-month crackdown by the government on protesters.


Updated : 2021-03-07 07:55 GMT+08:00