WASHINGTON — The United Nations is upset that humanitarian supplies are not reaching the people in Syria, and blamed both the Syrian government and rebel forces of preventing it.
Reuters reported that the United Nations’ Security Council demanded that both sides allow the essential emergency relief supplies to reach trapped civilians.
The Syrian civil war is now in its third year and with no end in sight. The rebel coalition has seen several losses in territory due to superior firepower by the Syrian government, backed by Iran. Also, al-Qaeda-affiliated groups within the rebel movement have won out against other not-as-Islamist rebel groups and have imposed Islamic sharia law in the places they control. And, other rebel groups have carved out territories like the Kurds.
U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, a South Korean national, said that the humanitarian relief “remains extremely challenging” and estimated that about 45,000 people were trapped by rebel forces fighting the Syrian government. Also, the United Nations estimated that 175,000 people were trapped by government forces fighting the rebels.
Ban said that about 9.3 million people in Syria need this humanitarian assistance and about 2.6 million Syrians have fled to neighboring countries like Turkey, Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan.