The United Nations and the United States have warned Russia that Syria’s lone border checkpoint for aid must remain open.
The United Nations and the United States have warned Russia that the one border checkpoint in Syria, where humanitarian supplies is delivered, must remain open.
The Bab Al-Hawa border gate permits desperately needed aid to enter rebel-held northwest Syria, but the mandate that keeps it open expires on July 10. Vassily Nebenzia, Russia’s UN Ambassador, said that supplies should instead be supplied over Syria’s combat lines.
“Without cross-border access, more Syrians will die,” said US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield.
If the mandate is not extended, it will “disrupt critical relief to 3.4 million people in need across the northwest, millions of whom are among Syria’s most vulnerable,” according to UN humanitarian chief Ramesh Rajasingham.
Through the Bab Al-Hawa border crossing, Syrians get relief such as food, clean water, medicine, and COVID-19 vaccine shots.
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Russia threatened a showdown with the United Nations, the United States, and Western nations on Wednesday over the delivery of humanitarian aid to rebel-held northwest Syria from Turkey, dismissing their warnings that closing the only border crossing would leave more than 1 million people without food and lead to deaths due to a lack of medicine.
Nebenzia emphasized the necessity of bolstering Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, accusing the UN and the West of doing nothing to boost cross-conflict transfers during the past year.
He warned that there is no use in talking about renewing the mandate for the one remaining border crossing from Turkey to northwest Idlib unless Western nations “show their commitment to this goal both in words and acts.”
“Before the ‘D-Day,’ we still have some time. “Hopefully, it won’t be for naught,” Nebenzia remarked.
Thomas-Greenfield said the US is eager to work to increase aid to Syrians across borders and conflict lines after visiting the Turkish border crossing at Bab Al-Hawa in early June.
But, she said, thousands of children will be denied food and their growth and cognitive development will be irreversibly stunted, and millions of people will have limited access to clean water, medical supplies, and COVID-19 vaccines due to a lack of cross-border access.
“There isn’t a Plan B,” Thomas-Greenfield stated emphatically. “Plan B is to keep pushing for the mandate to be extended.” Plan. This is a condensed version of the information.