Delays in aid, chemical weapons draw criticism in Syria
Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 01:07
Jan. 30 - Food aid from the United Nations arrives in a suburb outside Damascus. Meanwhile, the U.S. criticizes Syria for delays in moving chemical weapons out of the country. Nathan Frandino reports.
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A chaotic day in a refugee camp rocked by the Syrian war.
After numerous delays, food aid from the United Nations finally arrived in Yarmouk - just outside Damascus.
Hundreds of men and women climbed through the ruins of the neighborhood, which is home to tens of thousands of trapped residents.
Reuters cannot independently verify the video, which was posted on a social media website.
Getting aid to areas like Yarmouk has become one of many issues discussed at the peace talks in Geneva.
So far, little progress has been made.
Meanwhile, getting chemical weapons out of Syria has also been delayed, drawing criticism from the U.S. State Department.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT SPOKESWOMAN JEN PSAKI SAYING:
"The delay by Syria is increasing the cost to nations that have donations for shipping escort and other services related to the removal effort. There should be no doubt that the responsibility for the lack of progress and increasing costs rests solely with Syria."
The U.S. State Department said less than 5 percent of Syria's chemical weapons had been moved.
All chemical weapons are supposed to be removed from Syria in six days.
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