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Worsening security impedes aid flow in Syria: U.N. humanitarian chief

08-16-2012 16:25 BJT Special Report:Crisis in Syria |

DAMASCUS, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) -- Visiting UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos said here Thursday that the security situation in Syria is one of the main obstacles to the flow of humanitarian aid, adding that some areas in Syria are out of the government's control.

At a press conference held Thursday in the capital Damascus, Amos also said there are a total of 2.5 million Syrians in need of humanitarian care, adding that the violence has become more indiscriminate.

Amos, who arrived in Syria Tuesday for a visit, said she had met with a number of Syrian officials during her stay and had urged them to do more on the humanitarian level and stressed the need for more capacity on ground.

The situation needs more international assistance in terms of humanitarian aid, Amos said, stressing that this kind of assistance should not be politicized.

However, Amos said she could not make the Syrian government agree on allowing extended NGOs from the international community to help scale up the humanitarian efforts.

The Syrian government's main concern is that the aid might fall in the hands of the armed opposition or the foreign NGOs might help in that regard, she said.

According to the UN official, around eight humanitarian NGOs are currently operating in Syria.

Amos said some areas in Syria are currently controlled not by the government but by the armed opposition, adding that the government can not enter these places in the meantime.

"In terms of the government support meeting every single area's need, of course the security situation make that impossible because you have areas in the country which are not controlled by the government. They are controlled by the opposition and the government can't go into those areas," she said.

Over the last two days, "I have visited displaced people in Damascus and in al-Nabek," she said, adding that "the families I met are tired, anxious and many have no prospect of going home anytime soon."



Editor:James |Source: Xinhua

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