A convoy of U.N. humanitarian vehicles, Syria. (Reuters/File)
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The Syrian government expelled two key U.N. humanitarian staffers because of their contact with armed opposition groups while trying to arrange aid deliveries -- a decision that could harm a new effort to secure a six-week truce in the country's largest city, the U.N. humanitarian chief says.The United Nations and other aid groups have struggled to get badly needed aid to millions of people in Syria's civil war, which moves into its fifth year next month.The expulsions also will have a significant impact on the entire humanitarian operation for Syria, as the two staffers played a critical role in helping to coordinate inter-agency aid convoys and maintained direct contact with key armed opposition groups for negotiating aid access, Amos wrote.Syria's foreign affairs ministry on Feb. 9 declared one of the international staffers, who was working in Homs governorate, persona non grata and had one week to leave the country, Amos wrote.The staff member is now preparing to leave Syria.
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