On 23 April, in his second report on the implementation of Resolution 2139, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated that the U.N. Security Council must take action to address flagrant violations of international law in Syria, where nearly 3.5 million people live with little or no access to essential goods, services and urgently needed humanitarian aid. The SG called to all parties to the conflict to work with the UN to establish durable arrangements to facilitate access at key border and combat lines crossings.
The delivery of medical supplies to opposition-held areas is allowed on a case-by-case basis. Blood transfusion and surgical equipment in particular are not authorized or removed from relief cargo. The UN continues negotiation with Government authorities to allow the distribution of medicines and medical supplies throughout the country without exceptions.
On 24 April UNRWA gained access to the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk in Damascus and resumed the distribution of food parcels after a 15-day interruption in the distribution of relief aid to families in the camp.
An air raid on the village of al-Atareb – some 42 km west of Aleppo city – resulted in the death of 27 civilians yesterday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that three children were among the dead. Fighting between Government forces and armed opposition groups continues in Aleppo and other parts of the country, including Damascus, Homs, Deir ez-Zor, and Dar’a governorates.