Syrians evacuate a toddler from a destroyed building following a reported air strike on the rebel-held neighborhood of al-Kalasa in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, on April 28, 2016. AFP / AMEER ALHALBI
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Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is pulling out of the first ever World Humanitarian Summit, saying the U.N.-sponsored meeting will not hold states to account for their role in conflicts or pressure them to abide by the laws of war.Herve Verhoosel, spokesman for the World Humanitarian Summit, which is led by the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, said MSF's decision was "disappointing". The summit is an opportunity to call for greater political will to prevent and end conflict, push for humanitarian law to be implemented, protect civilians and health workers and gain unimpeded humanitarian access, he said.MSF's Tiller told the Thomson Reuters Foundation the summit had been organized in "quite a shambolic way".Christina Bennett of the Overseas Development Institute said MSF's no-show at the summit should act as a catalyst for other humanitarian groups to push for stronger commitments from states to respect the laws of war, as well as other reforms they want to see.
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