The UN Security Council has unanimously approved a resolution authorising cross-border delivery of humanitarian aid to Syrians in rebel-held areas in desperate need of food and medicine, without government approval.
A top U.N. aid official, frustrated by obstacles to humanitarian aid in Syria, asked on Friday if a million people needed to be killed and neighbouring states collapse before the world would take action to stop the conflict.
The United Nations humanitarian chief Valerie Amos on Friday urged Syria`s government to end needless restrictions on access to areas where besieged Syrians are in desperate need of aid after three years of civil war.
For the first time, Syrians were the biggest group seeking asylum in industrialised countries last year, as the impact of fighting in the country spread beyond the turbulent region, the United Nations refugee agency said on Friday.
A teenage Pakistani activist who came to the international limelight when she was shot by the Taliban said on Tuesday that the plight of Syrian refugee children deprived of proper education was a stark reminder of the "dark days" Pakistani children under their hard-line rulers.
The UN sent out a distress signal on Wednesday, warning that nearly half Syria`s population needs urgent humanitarian assistance and that some 245,000 Syrians living in besieged areas are facing severe food shortages.
Syrian President Bashar Assad has said it`s still too early to say whether he`ll run for re-election next year, but that he would refrain from seeking a third term if he feels that`s what most Syrians want him to do.