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Urgent Need for Cross-Border Aid for Syrians 


In Open Letter, MSF Calls for Increased Cross-Border Aid for Syrians

DECEMBER 18, 2013—Greatly increased humanitarian aid must be delivered across Syria’s borders, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) urged in an open letter to a group of countries meeting at the United Nations tomorrow to discuss assistance for Syrians in desperate need.

The “High Level Group on Syria” meeting in Geneva follows an October 2 UN Security Council presidential declaration instructing the group to make initial recommendations for facilitating the delivery of aid inside Syria. However, urgently needed assistance delivered across Syria’s borders to populations living in opposition areas is not on the agenda. The UN believes such assistance constitutes a “red line” for the Syrian government. Nearly all international humanitarian aid is transported via Damascus...