Syria deal needs to work for aid agencies on the ground

dan.rafter@hrc.org September 12, 2016 0

With aid a key component of the cessation of hostilities scheduled to begin Monday at sundown in Syria, humanitarians say they’ll need more than just words if they are to bring help to Syrians in need. In announcing the US-Russia brokered deal on 9 September, US Secretary of State John Kerry said the latest ceasefire includes “unimpeded and sustained humanitarian access to all of the besieged and hard-to-reach areas, including Aleppo”. But as the details were still being hammered  out hours before the fighting was set to stop (and bombs continued to fall), the International Committee of the Red Cross told IRIN by email that “fundamentally, action must follow on from these decisions and pledges so that humanitarian agencies… can safely access communities and assess and respond to their needs, in an independent and impartial manner”

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Syria deal needs to work for aid agencies on the ground

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