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Humanitarian aid convoy enters Syria through Bab al-Hawa crossing

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Editing: Hazem Halak |
Translation: Nouha Salti
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Publication date: 2020/06/22 08:13
Update date: 2020/06/22 08:35

Syria - SMART

On Sunday night, a humanitarian aid convoy of 25 trucks entered the Idlib governorate, Northern Syria, through the Bab al-Hawa crossing on the Syrian-Turkish border.

Mazen Allush, media official of Bab al-Hawa, reported to SMART that 25 trucks, carrying humanitarian aid, entered Idlib through the crossing, adding that United Nations partner organizations will distribute the aid inside Syria.

Allush clarified that an average of 70 trucks, carrying food, medical, and logistic aid, enter Syria through crossing on a daily basis, mentioning that the proportion of food aid is the largest.

Allush also said that a total of 2,086 trucks of humanitarian aid entered Idlib through Bab al-Hawa during May 2020.

On June 1, 2020, the UN sent 103 trucks of humanitarian aid that entered from Turkey to Syria through Bab al-Hawa, while on May 28, 2020, an aid convoy of 90 trucks also entered Syria through Bab al-Hawa.

Earlier on Jan. 7, 2020, the UN called to extend the UN Security Council’s 2165 resolution, which allows the entry of humanitarian aid through the Syrian border without the need for a permission from the Syrian government. 

On Jan. 3, 2020, the UN Security Council failed to make progress during the consultations on extending the decision to allow entry of humanitarian aid to Syria across its borders with neighboring countries, after Russia and China used their veto.

In July 2014, the Security Council approved a mechanism for introducing humanitarian aid to Syria across borders, within the 2165 resolution, which is renewed annually.

According to Security Council resolution 2165 of 2014, the UN is to enter humanitarian aid across the Syrian border, with a notification to the Syrian government.

This came after a military camping by Russia and the Syrian government forces on Idlib, Hama, Aleppo, and northern Latakia that started from Apr. 26, 2019. The military campaign killed and injured hundreds of civilians, forced about one million people to displace, and destroyed infrastructure, especially hospitals and schools.