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The United Nations has sent a request to the Syrian government for full land access to deliver aid to 11 locations where the government had previously granted only partial or no access for UN aid convoys, a spokesman for the UN says.

The renewed request for land access was sent Sunday after the UN said that it would ask for the Syrian government's approval to begin airdrops in areas that aid convoys had not been granted permission to enter.

"Our main focus is on land delivery, given the challenges - both in terms of logistics and safety - of air deliveries," says Stephane Dujarric, the spokesman for UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

"If we see that we're getting the land access that we need, that's the way we will go."

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