As aid reaches Syrians, U.N. chief says withholding food is a war crime

by Somini Sengupta and Nick Cumming-Bruce

UNITED NATIONS — The head of the United Nations said on Thursday that the warring parties in Syria were committing war crimes by withholding food from civilians. He called for all sides to lift their sieges immediately and unconditionally “as a confidence-building gesture” ahead of peace talks scheduled for Jan. 25.