Activists protest outside the United Nations headquarters in New York ahead of a U.N. Security Council meeting on progress made on delivering humanitarian aid in Syria April 30, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Segar
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UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos told the Security Council Wednesday that only 12 percent of Syrians in "hard to reach areas" had received aid despite a UN resolution, diplomats said.Instead of alleviating the misery of more than nine million Syrians who urgently need assistance, the humanitarian crisis has worsened since resolution 2139 was adopted in February.Last week in a report to the Security Council, UN chief Ban Ki-moon concluded that aid access had not improved, blaming both sides but singling out the government for particular censure.Russia and China have vetoed three previous Security Council resolutions on Syria since the conflict began three years ago.Amnesty International on Wednesday demanded that the Security Council take action, including the threat of targeted sanctions, against those flouting the terms of the February resolution.
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