Hoping to ease suffering in Syria’s besieged cities, the UN Security Council unanimously passed a resolution to boost access for humanitarian aid. All 15 Security Council member states approved the resolution, including Russian and China which had balked in the past.
The document calls for an end to violence, including the use of barrel bombs, and condemns al Qaeda-affiliated terror attacks.
The council strongly condemned Syrian authorities for widespread violations of humanitarian law and urged all parties to lift sieges of populated areas, including in Aleppo, Damascus and Homs.
“This resolution holds the promise of something real,” U.S. Secretary John Kerry said in a statement.