Published January 13, 2015
The United Nations General Assembly's human rights committee is demanding that Syria's government immediately allow humanitarian aid to be delivered to areas in the country that need it most and stop hampering distribution with "bureaucratic impediments and other obstacles."
The resolution approved Tuesday also comes close to blaming the Syrian government and military for the deadly Aug. 21 nerve gas attack in a Damascus suburb held by the rebels.
It says that the September report by U.N. chemical weapons inspectors "provides clear evidence that surface-to-surface rockets were fired on 21 August from Government-held territory into opposition areas, using professionally made munitions containing Sarin."
The U.N. report itself was careful not to assign blame. The United States said more than 1,400 people were killed, including at least 400 children.