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.
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