The United States confirmed on Tuesday that humanitarian aid has been reaching the Syrians, but it said the access given to the international aid organizations is not complete in the Middle East country.
“Our understanding is that throughout this crisis the ICRC has had some limited access,” said State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland, referring to the humanitarian mission carried out by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Syria.
She noted that Washington has increased its humanitarian aid to a total of 25 million U.S. dollars, because it was seeing ” some of that aid flowing to the Syrian people in need.”
Nuland’s remarks came after Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al- Moallem, during a meeting with ICRC President Jakob Kellenberger earlier reiterated Syria’s commitment to ensure the success of the organization’s humanitarian mission in the country.
But Nuland also complained about the lack of access given to the humanitarian organizations, saying that they “had not been getting to the areas in greatest need.”
“I would refer you to the ICRC for their view of how they are doing. But our understanding is their access is far from complete, ” she added.
The Syrian government is facing growing international pressure to end the alleged crackdown on opposition strongholds as the UN said more than 9,000 people have been killed over the year-long crisis.
Despite Syria’s acceptance of April 10 as the deadline to end violence on the ground, Nuland told reporters that the United States has seen no evidence so far that the Syrian government is ” implementing any of those commitments.”