UN urges Syrian government to stop blocking aid deliveries

UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations' humanitarian chief on Friday demanded that the Syrian government and militant groups stop interfering with the delivery of food and medicine for civilians trapped in besieged and difficult-to-reach areas in war-ravaged Syria.
"The continued use of siege and starvation as a weapon of war is reprehensible," UN under secretary-general Stephen O'Brien told the 15-nation Security Council.
"Based on the latest information, we now estimate that some 592,700 people are currently living in besieged areas," he said, adding that most of those were surrounded by government forces.
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