UN chief Ban calls for aid access in Syria

AP News
Posted: May 11, 2011 4:51 AM

U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon has urged Syria to allow an international aid assessment team to enter the besieged southern city of Daraa.

The U.N. Secretary-General says he is disappointed the "humanitarian assessment team has not yet been given the access it needs."

Ban told reporters in Geneva on Wednesday that he had been assured by Syrian President Bashar Assad that the team would be allowed into the city.

Rights groups say more than 750 people have died in Syria in anti-government protests that began mid-March.