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U.N. humanitarian mission going to Syria this weekend

By the CNN Wire Staff
U.N.'s Valerie Amos said there is continued concern about the humanitarian situation in Syria (file photo).
U.N.'s Valerie Amos said there is continued concern about the humanitarian situation in Syria (file photo).
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • "We have been guaranteed that we will have full access," Valerie Amos says
  • The mission is to last three or four days
RELATED TOPICS
  • Syria
  • Bashar Assad

(CNN) -- A humanitarian mission from the United Nations will travel this weekend to Syria to look for effects of President Bashar al-Assad's protest crackdown, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos told reporters Thursday.

"We have been guaranteed that we will have full access to anywhere we would wish to go," Amos said. "We will want to concentrate on those places where there have been reports of fighting so that we can see for ourselves exactly what is going on."

The mission will last three or four days, during which the group anticipates being accompanied by a representative of the Syrian Red Crescent, she said. "It's an initial mission and we would hope to go back in to do detailed assessments."

She added, "There is continued concern about the humanitarian situation."

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