The U.N.’s chief humanitarian official on Thursday asked the Security Council to approve cross-border relief operations into Syria to deliver aid to civilians.

It was the opening of a public briefing by the U.N. agency chiefs for humanitarian affairs, refugees, women in conflict, and children in conflict, who used the Security Council platform as a way of speaking over the heads of the deadlocked council nations to appeal to the world for pressure to allow relief for Syria’s civilians.