Damage is seen on Khan Wazir street, which faces Aleppo's historic citadel controlled by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, in Old Aleppo as rebel fighters claim to have advanced in the area July 22, 2014. REUTERS/Sultan Kitaz
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A first convoy of humanitarian aid crossed into Syria from Turkey on Thursday under a new UN-authorized plan to send relief without Damascus' approval.The UN Security Council last week adopted a resolution authorizing the cross-border aid deliveries without the consent of the Damascus regime, to help more than one million civilians.More than 10.8 million Syrians are in need of aid, according to UN officials, who have repeatedly accused Damascus of impeding deliveries of life-saving supplies.Attacks on hospitals UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said in a report to the Security Council on Thursday that Syrian government forces were stepping up their attacks on hospitals and clinics, and that all sides were blocking aid deliveries as a "tactic of war".
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