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Interview: U.N. says 300,000 civilians at risk in Damascus battle, pause needed
March 23, 2017 / 12:59 PM / in 9 months

Interview: U.N. says 300,000 civilians at risk in Damascus battle, pause needed

GENEVA (Reuters) - Fighting around Syria’s capital Damascus has cut 300,000 people off from humanitarian aid and pauses in the fighting are needed to let aid convoys in, Jan Egeland, U.N. humanitarian advisor on Syria, said in an interview on Thursday.

United Nations Special Advisor for Syria Jan Egeland speaks during an interview with Reuters during the fifth round of intra-Syrian talks in Geneva, Switzerland, March 23, 2017. REUTERS/Pierre Albouy

“They are totally dependent on our supplies. Starvation will be just around the corner unless we get there in the coming weeks,” Egeland told Reuters after chairing the weekly Syria humanitarian taskforce meeting in Geneva.

Reporting by Tom Miles; editing by Stephanie Nebehay

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