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    UN Under-Secretary-General 'Pained' by Blocked Humanitarian Access to Aleppo

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    A senior UN official for humanitarian issues said he was "pained and disappointed" by the fact that a humanitarian aid convoy has yet been unable to reach Aleppo, Syria.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien on Monday expressed his disappointment over the fact that a convoy carrying humanitarian aid for people in eastern Aleppo, Syria, got stuck on the Turkish-Syrian border for a week now, and cannot reach the city.

    "I am pained and disappointed that a United Nations convoy has yet to cross into Syria from Turkey, and safely reach eastern Aleppo, where up to 275,000 people remain trapped without food, water, proper shelter or medical care," O’Brien said in a press release.

    O’Brien also stressed that humanitarian access should be provided elsewhere regardless political and military situation.

    "Humanitarian aid must remain neutral, impartial and free of political and military agendas. The United Nations and our partners remain ready to meet people's needs regardless of who or where people are," he added.

    Senior Adviser to UN Special Envoy for Syria Jan Egeland said lat week that the UN hoped to deliver humanitarian aid to eastern Aleppo on September 16.

    Almost 14 million Syrian people remain in deep need of receiving humanitarian aid, which cannot be delivered due to continuous fighting, according to UN estimates.

    Syria has been mired in civil war since 2011, with government forces fighting numerous opposition groups, as well as terrorist formations, such as the Daesh militant group, which is prohibited in many countries, including Russia and the United States.

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