U.N. aid chief urges Syria sanctions, Jolie pleads for refugee help




 
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April 24th, 2015  
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Topic: U.N. aid chief urges Syria sanctions, Jolie pleads for refugee help


By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations aid chief urged the Security Council on Friday to impose an arms embargo and sanctions in Syria for violations of humanitarian law as special envoy Angelina Jolie pleaded with council members to visit millions of Syrian refugees. The aid official, Valerie Amos, also appealed to the council to mandate the United Nations' commission of inquiry on Syria to specifically investigate besieged areas, the militarization of schools and hospitals and attacks on those facilities. The United Nations says about 440,000 people are besieged in Syria's civil war, now in its fifth year.




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