BEIRUT- A United Nations agency seeking to deliver humanitarian aid to a besieged district of Damascus said on Sunday state checkpoint authorities had hampered its work, despite government assurances it would allow the distributions.

The foundering agreement highlights the challenges that lie ahead for humanitarian workers should President Bashar Assad's government and the opposition agree on localized ceasefires at peace talks in Geneva this week.

The negotiations aim to facilitate the delivery of aid to areas worst-hit by fighting.

Humanitarian efforts in Syria have been hampered by fighting and by combatants on both sides, who often try to block deliveries to areas held by their opponents.


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