UN Security Council: Regain Cross-Border Aid to Syria

July 8, 2021

(New York) –Human Rights Watch said today that Russia should not prevent the United Nations Security Council from reauthorizing and expanding cross-border humanitarian aid operations across northern Syria. Millions of people in northeast and northwest Syria require cross-border distribution of food, medicine, Covid-19 vaccines, and other life-saving aid.

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The Security Council authorization for Bab al-Hawa on the Turkish-Syrian border, the last crossing where UN cross-border aid delivery is permitted, will expire on July 10, 2021. Members of the Council are debating proposals to reopen all previously authorized cross-border aid points into northern Syria.

The Syrian government has long obstructed “cross-line” aid, or supplies crossing from government-held areas of Syria into non-government-held areas of Syria. Russia has been unable or unwilling to put pressure on Damascus to allow aid into the northwest and to increase aid to the northeast.

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