UN chief calls for access to Syria for aid workers

July 7, 2011 22:00

GENEVA - United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon called on Syria on Thursday to give UN aid workers immediate access to evaluate the needs of civilians caught up in a bloody crackdown on anti-government protests.

The world body has been largely shut out from Syria, which has also prevented most independent media from operating inside the country, making it difficult to verify accounts from authorities and activists.

Ban urged the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad to allow a team of UN human rights investigators, who have been in the region, to carry out their mission in Syria.

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