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Rushanara Ali MP, Labour’s Shadow International Development Minister, commenting on the humanitarian crisis in Syria, said:

“Action is urgently needed to address the mounting humanitarian crisis and to meet the needs of people caught up in the conflict. A recent UN report estimates that more than 7,500 people have died in Syrian unrest, many of them children. It is essential that the international community acts quickly and decisively to address this desperate situation and that basic humanitarian needs are met - including access to food, drinking water and medicine.

“The United Nations draft resolution seeking access for humanitarian aid is an important development and one that we hope will get the universal support it deserves.  We must also keep working to provide safe passage for the Syrian refugees who are fleeing the fighting into Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey as well as ensuring that they receive the basic assistance they need in the form of shelter, food and medical care. It is critical that the governments of these neighbouring countries receive the appropriate support and assistance to accommodate the thousands of refugees who have escaped from Syria.

“The Syrian Government has so far refused requests for humanitarian access.  In this context, it is even more important that Britain pushes forward the new UN resolution focusing on humanitarian assistance and puts pressure on the international community to back the resolution and address this desperate situation.”

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