Aid groups need more access inside Syria: EU

UNITED NATIONS- Aid groups in Syria need better access to people ravaged by the war between government forces and the rebels who are fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad, the EU said Wednesday.
"Conditions are getting worse. With winter approaching, more populations are at risk," EU humanitarian aid commissioner Kristalina Georgieva said after a meeting with officials from NGOs and the main countries providing aid to Syria on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.

Aid groups need more access inside Syria: EU
"To do more we need more access inside Syria," she added.
"It is an urban war. Conditions change. What is accessible in the morning may be not accessible in the evening," said Georgieva.
She called on the two sides in the conflict to respect the rules of war and international law, and said the voice of the international community demanding this "must be loud and clear".
More money is also needed. "While funding has increased, there is still a way to go," she said, adding that emergency EU aid to Syria totals 220 million euros ($283 million).
The UN humanitarian affairs chief, Valerie Amos, that 2.5 million people affected directly or indirectly by the war are in need of aid.
Some 1.2 million people have been displaced inside Syria and another 300,000 have sought refuge in neighboring countries, such as Turkey and Lebanon, exerting tremendous pressure on them.
"We will need substantially more money," Amos said.

Thursday, September 27th 2012

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