UN restarts cross-border aid to Syria in reduced form: Diplomats

NEW YORK: The United Nations Security Council on Saturday (Jul 11) passed a resolution to restart cross-border humanitarian aid to Syria, but only after caving to Russian pressure to close one of two access points into the war-torn country.

Following a week of division and seven ballots, the Council passed a proposal submitted by Germany and Belgium allowing the use of the Bab al-Hawa crossing point for one year.

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The measure passed with 12 of 15 votes, with Russia, China and the Dominican Republic abstaining, diplomats said.

Authorisation for the continued transport of aid to Syria, a system in place since 2014, expired Friday night after Moscow and Beijing used their veto power and the Council then rejected a counter-proposal from Russia.

With the approval of the German-Belgian proposal on Saturday, the Bab al-Hawa crossing point on Syria's northwestern border with Turkey will be maintained for a year, until Jul 10, 2021.

This will allow badly needed humanitarian aid to continue flowing to several million Syrians living Read More – Source