A ceasefire in Syria was holding Thursday, despite a limited number of reported breaches, but humanitarian aid supplies have not yet entered the country and are being held up on the border with Turkey.
The first 36 hours of the Syrian ceasefire brokered by Russia and the United States appeared "positive," a monitoring group said Wednesday, but activists warned that desperate people were still awaiting much-needed aid deliveries.
A 48-truck convoy, the second-largest during Syria's five-year conflict, has entered a besieged rebel-held area near the central city of Homs, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said Tuesday.
The first food aid convoy since a siege by government forces began in 2012 has entered the rebel-held Damascus suburb of Daraya, officials said Friday, but airstrikes on the area quickly resumed, hampering distribution.
The United Nations is still waiting for security guarantees that will allow the delivery of humanitarian aid to besieged areas of Syria to begin according to an agreement between world powers in Munich.
A Berlin aid group at the centre of a fabricated account of a refugee dying while waiting in line outside a registration centre apologized for the incident Thursday, but said conditions on the ground meant such a scenario was "not improbable."
The UN Security Council needs to establish an early warning mechanism for humanitarian crises in Syria and to pressure the Syrian government to answer requests for access by aid organizations, diplomats said Wednesday at the United Nations.
International aid agencies said Tuesday that they require 550 million dollars to help migrants and refugees in southern Europe this year, with more than half of the sum needed in Greece, where fear and anger grow over the escalating crisis.
Aid agencies will need 550 million dollars to help migrants and refugees in southern Europe this year, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and more than 60 other aid organizations say in an appeal to donor countries.
With 125 million people around the world in need of humanitarian aid, the international community needs to reconfigure humanitarian financing by focusing on development and using money more efficiently, a UN panel said in a report presented Sunday.
International actors need to exert pressure on warring parties in Syria to immediately lift sieges and allow humanitarian aid to reach people who are facing starvation, a UN official told the UN Security Council Friday.
All the contents of an aid convoy have now been distributed to residents of the Syrian town of Madaya, where almost 30 people are reported to have died of starvation amid a siege by government forces, activists said Tuesday.