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UN Security Council to vote Saturday on Syria aid resolution

Published on Feb 21, 2014 9:14 AM
 
A young boy searches for food amid the garbage in the eastern Syrian town of Deir Ezzor on Feb 19, 2014. The United Nations Security Council will vote on Saturday on a draft resolution calling for immediate and unhindered humanitarian aid access in war-torn Syria, diplomats said. -- PHOTO: AFP

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - The UN Security Council will vote on Saturday on a draft resolution calling for immediate and unhindered humanitarian aid access in war-torn Syria, diplomats said.

Russia, with support from China, has blocked three previous resolutions aimed at pressuring the Damascus regime since the crisis began in March 2011, with an estimated 250,000 people across Syria awaiting help.

The resolution calls on all parties to immediately provides humanitarian access to populated areas, including the besieged city of Homs.

It also demands the "the immediate cessation of all attacks against civilians", such as through the use of barrel bombs, a clear reference to Syrian army tactics used in Aleppo, in the north.

 
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