Aid access in Syria not improving: UN chief

Access for foreign aid has not improved for millions of Syrians desperately in need, violating a Security Council resolution passed two months ago, the UN chief said Wednesday.

Almost 3.5 million civilians remain without access to essential goods and services, including life-saving medicines, in a "clear violation" of international law, wrote Ban Ki-moon in a report submitted to the Security Council.

The report said "none of the parties to the conflict have adhered to the demands of the Council," but singled out the government in Damascus for particular censure.

"The security situation is deteriorating and humanitarian access to those most in need is not improving. It remains an extremely challenging environment in which to work," said the report.

Thousands of people are not getting the medical care that they need -- which Ban described as "arbitrary and unjustified" and "a clear violation of international humanitarian law."

"I must again urge the parties, and in particular the government... to honor their obligations under international humanitarian law and act now," he said in the report.