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UN and donors says Nepal is close to humanitarian crisis

Nepal is nearing a humanitarian crisis, the United Nations and donor agencies warned, urging security forces and Maoist rebels not to block vital aid and to protect civilians. “The United Nations and bilateral donor agencies in Nepal urge all parties to ensure that movement of supplies and vehicles intended to alleviate the suffering of civilian populations are not restricted,” they said in a joint statement issued here. Reminding the warring parties of their duty to protect civilians caught up in the conflict, the statement said: “Every effort should be made to ensure that civilians have access to essential humanitarian supplies and that medical emergencies are given free passage at all times. “Insecurity, armed activity and Maoist blockades are pushing Nepal towards the abyss of a humanitarian crisis,” it warned. Full Story

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