Aid workers have 'limited' access in Syria, UN's Amos says

March 23, 2012 01:04


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UNITED NATIONS - The UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos complained on Thursday that aid agencies have "limited access" to needy people inside conflict-torn Syria, despite the Security Council's demand that relief workers be allowed into besieged Syrian towns.

"The situation in Syria continues to worsen with fighting and violence ongoing in cities around the country, including in Damascus," Amos said in a statement.

"I remain extremely concerned for the people who are caught up in this," she said. "Those who are displaced need food, shelter and medical help. I continue to press for unhindered access for humanitarian organizations."

More than 40 people died in clashes across Syria on Thursday, opposition activists said, making clear that the UN Security Council's call on Wednesday for an immediate end to the fighting fell on deaf ears.

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