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Advocacy group accuses UN of not being neutral in Syria

  • In this Feb. 11, 2016 file photo, civilians carry supplies in Aleppo, Syria.After four years of grinding battles, Aleppo’s divided residents face a common fear as the prospect of a total siege looms. Syria’s largest city used to be its economic locomotive, now it is has become an emblem of its stalemated civil war. (Alexander Kots/Komsomolskaya Pravda via AP, File)

    In this Feb. 11, 2016 file photo, civilians carry supplies in Aleppo, Syria.After four years of grinding battles, Aleppo’s divided residents face a common fear as the prospect of a total siege looms. Syria’s largest city used to be its economic locomotive, now it is has become an emblem of its stalemated civil war. (Alexander Kots/Komsomolskaya Pravda via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo taken on June 5, 2016 provided by the Syrian Civil Defense Directorate in Liberated Province of Aleppo, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows Syrian citizens walk between damaged buildings that attacked by warplanes, in Aleppo, Syria. After four years of grinding battles, Aleppo’s divided residents face a common fear as the prospect of a total siege looms. Syria’s largest city used to be its economic locomotive, now it is has become an emblem of its stalemated civil war. (Civil Defense Directorate in Liberated Province of Aleppo via AP)

    In this photo taken on June 5, 2016 provided by the Syrian Civil Defense Directorate in Liberated Province of Aleppo, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows Syrian citizens walk between damaged buildings that attacked by warplanes, in Aleppo, Syria. After four years of grinding battles, Aleppo’s divided residents face a common fear as the prospect of a total siege looms. Syria’s largest city used to be its economic locomotive, now it is has become an emblem of its stalemated civil war. (Civil Defense Directorate in Liberated Province of Aleppo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - This file picture taken on Thursday, April. 24, 2014 and provided by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), U.N relief workers with blue helmets and vests stand next of residents of the besieged Palestinian camp of Yarmouk, right, who stand in line to receive aid food distributed by UNRWA, on the southern edge of the Syrian capital Damascus, Syria. An international advocacy group accused the United Nations of not being neutral in the Syrian conflict in a trenchant report on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, claiming the world body is prioritizing its relationship with the Damascus government over delivering aid to civilians. (AP Photo/UNRWA, File )

    FILE - This file picture taken on Thursday, April. 24, 2014 and provided by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), U.N relief workers with blue helmets and vests stand next of residents of the besieged Palestinian camp of Yarmouk, right, who stand in line to receive aid food distributed by UNRWA, on the southern edge of the Syrian capital Damascus, Syria. An international advocacy group accused the United Nations of not being neutral in the Syrian conflict in a trenchant report on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, claiming the world body is prioritizing its relationship with the Damascus government over delivering aid to civilians. (AP Photo/UNRWA, File )  (The Associated Press)

An international advocacy group has accused the United Nations of not being neutral in the Syrian conflict, claiming the world body is prioritizing its relationship with the Damascus government over delivering aid to civilians.

The Beirut-based Syria Campaign says in a report released on Wednesday that the U.N. "allowed the Syrian government to direct aid from Damascus almost exclusively into its territories," at the expense of establishing regular aid access to hundreds of thousands of Syrians besieged by government forces.

The Syria Campaign lobbies governments and international organizations to improve access in war-torn Syria. Its report quotes U.N. employees and former officials, and draws on public U.N. reports and other news reports and analyses.

The report claims the United Nations is "in serious breach of humanitarian principles."