Syrians are dying “silently” as United Nations aid organizations face a regime unwilling to lift bureaucratic impediments and a fractured opposition unable to ensure security for access routes, the world body’s top humanitarian assistance official said.
Medical teams, aid workers and soldiers crammed onto flights to Tacloban city in central Philippines as survivors told of desperation over the trickle of supplies to the area six days after Typhoon Haiyan caused massive destruction.
A top United Nations humanitarian aid official urged the Security Council to break its deadlock over how to ease the suffering in war-ravaged Syria, perpetuated by Russia’s commitment to President Bashar al-Assad.
The fighting in Libya and the international sanctions are “paralyzing” the country, causing widespread shortages of food, fuel, medicine and other essential goods, the UN’s emergency relief coordinator said.
Syrian forces are shelling protesters in Damascus suburbs as United Nations envoys arrive in the capital seeking to protect humanitarian-aid efforts and end President Bashar al-Assad’s yearlong crackdown.
United Nations humanitarian chief Valerie Amos travels to Syria and Lebanon this week to discuss ways to step up relief efforts and reduce the suffering of civilians caught up in the fighting against Bashar al-Assad’s government.