United Nations: UN leader Ban Ki-moon on Saturday
demanded that Syria unconditionally let in humanitarian aid
and said the government was "afraid" to let in the UN
emergency aid chief into the country.
"The Syrian authorities must open without any
preconditions to humanitarian communities," Ban said.
Speaking as reports emerged of Red Cross convoys being
kept out of the protest city of Homs, Ban said the images
coming out of Syria were "atrocious."
"It is totally unacceptable, intolerable. How as a human
being can you bear with this situation," Ban told a press
briefing at the UN headquarters.
Syria has refused to let UN humanitarian chief Valerie
Amos into the country but Ban said the United Nations still
hoped to persuade President Bashar al-Assad to let her in to
make an aid assessment.
"Why are they afraid of receiving the head of UN
humanitarian department? We are ready to mobilise on this, we
do not have access. So that is priority number one at this
time," he said.