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Warring Syrians Block Aid Against UN Resolution, Ban Says

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces and the armed rebel groups seeking to topple him continue to block aid, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, signaling a possible violation of a Security Council resolution threatening punitive measures.

“Humanitarian access in Syria remains extremely challenging,” with medicine delivery being particularly difficult, Ban wrote in a March 22 report to the council, according to a copy of the unpublished report seen yesterday by Bloomberg News.