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UN Commission urges expansion of last aid corridor to northwestern Syria as Russia threatens to close it – Middle East Monitor

A UN committee is calling for continued humanitarian aid to cross the last official border across northwestern Syria as Russia threatens its existence again.

In a statement released Thursday, Paul Pinheiro, Chairman of the United Nations Investigation Commission for Syria, said: [UN] The Security Council resolution crossed national borders in the face of consistent breach of obligations by the Syrian government and other parties under international law to permit and promote the humanitarian relief of civilians in need. It was considered necessary in itself to promote aid.

next close Of the other three official border intersections entering northwestern Syria in 2020, the Bab Alhawa intersection is the last one that remains open for humanitarian aid to pass through. Russia and China, as permanent members of the UNSC, have repeatedly attempted and threatened to close their last crossroads, but last year and earlier this year, deals were signed to keep them open. 6 months extension Of the mission.

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The next vote on UNSC’s decision on the fate of the intersection will take place on July 10, and the UN Commission states that if the intersection is closed, it will be the “highest failure”. Moscow and Beijing are expected to make the usual threats of refusing cross-border aid to the opposition-owned state of Idlib while Western nations try to maintain it.

Last week, Russia’s UN deputy envoy, Dmitry Polyansky, made such a move when he said he did not think there was any reason to continue sending aid to Idlib. Critics of the Russian and Chinese positions have accused them of politicizing the issue of humanitarian aid when it should be provided to those in need, regardless of who controls the territory.

As the conflict grows, millions of inhabitants have been expelled from the ongoing Syrian civil war, and the humanitarian situation in Idlib, which currently lives in camps under inadequate conditions, is deteriorating. According to the committee, 4.1 million people in the state depend on aid for their basic needs, 80% of which are women and children.

In addition, 2.4 million people in the region are directly assisted through cross-border efforts that the UN Security Council permits each month, and the Commission calls the last border a “lifeline.”

read: Russia threatens to stop entry of aid into northern Syria

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https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20220528-un-commission-urges-extension-of-last-aid-corridor-into-nw-syria-as-russia-threatens-to-close-it/ UN Commission urges expansion of last aid corridor to northwestern Syria as Russia threatens to close it – Middle East Monitor

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