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UN calls for immediate Syrian aid

The UN Security Council has demanded immediate access for desperately needed aid to Syria, alarmed at the rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation.

A presidential statement, which is legally binding but a step below a resolution, urges the Syrian government to facilitate "safe and unhindered humanitarian access to people in need through the most effective ways, including across conflict lines and, where appropriate, across borders from neighbouring countries."

Security Council members said they wanted to quickly follow up on last week's resolution to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons. It was the first legally binding action by the UN's most powerful body, which had been deeply divided over the year conflict in Syria that has killed over 100,000 people.

-AP

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