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Jul 24, 2014

First U.N. aid convoy enters Syria without government consent

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations sent its first humanitarian aid convoy into rebel-held areas of Syria without government consent on Thursday as U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon accused warring parties of denying assistance to millions of people in need as a tactic of war.

The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution 10 days ago that authorized aid access at four border crossings from Turkey, Iraq and Jordan, even though Syria has warned it deems such deliveries incursions into its territory.

Jul 24, 2014
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Jul 24, 2014

U.N. chief condemns attack on U.N. school in Gaza

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Thursday he was appalled by an attack on a United Nations-run school in the Gaza strip that killed civilians, including children, and U.N. staff.

“Circumstances are still unclear. I strongly condemn this act,” Ban said in a statement. “Many have been killed – including women and children, as well as U.N. staff.”

Jul 24, 2014
Jul 24, 2014
Jul 24, 2014

U.N. chief says arbitrary denial of aid a tactic of war in Syria

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Warring parties in Syria are arbitrarily denying the delivery of humanitarian aid to millions of people in need as a tactic of war, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a report to the United Nations Security Council.

In his fifth monthly report on access to aid in Syria, obtained by Reuters, Ban said an estimated 10.8 million people need help, of which 4.7 million are in hard to reach areas of the war-torn country, including at least 241,000 people in areas besieged by government or opposition forces.

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      "I am a Reuters correspondent at the United Nations in New York. I have also covered general news for Reuters in the United States, Afghanistan, Australia, South East Asia and the Pacific. Before joining Reuters more than a decade ago, I had a two year stint at The Scotsman newspaper in Edinburgh, Scotland and began my career at The Border Mail newspaper in Albury/Wodonga in Australia."
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