UNITED NATIONS: Syria has decided to expel two UN aid workers, in a new setback for the world body’s agencies struggling to bring desperately-needed relief to civilians in the war-torn country.
“Two OCHA staff have been asked to leave.
That is what we understand but we are seeking further information and confirmation of this from the government,” Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs spokeswoman Amanda Pitt told AFP.
She said the two employees were field officers working on aid operations inside Syria, and it remained unclear if they had left the country.
A total of 12.2 million Syrians are in need of aid, according to the UN, but 40 percent of these, or 4.8 million, are difficult to reach.
The United Nations has repeatedly accused the government of blocking humanitarian aid deliveries while no food aid has reached areas controlled by the Islamic State group since December.