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UN: 'Modest progress' in getting aid into Syria
UN humanitarian chief: 250,000 besieged in Syria remain beyond the reach of aid
By The Associated Press
Associated Press
2013-12-04 03:42 AM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. humanitarian chief says she has seen no progress in reaching the estimated 250,000 people in besieged communities in Syria who remain beyond the scope of aid.

Valerie Amos on Tuesday reported "modest progress" to the Security Council simply in getting aid into Syria but none at all in the major issues of protecting civilians and demilitarizing schools and hospitals.

Amos says 50 visas are being granted for U.N. staff and others, three more humanitarian hubs will open inside Syria, and aid coming in over the Iraqi border won't need routing through Damascus. Aid from other neighbors will.

The Syrian government approved nine aid convoys last month, up from the usual three.

But Amos says, "This is still far too few to meet the needs of millions of people."

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