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UN sends humanitarian aid convoy to Idlib

Editing: Hazem Halak |
Translation: Glory Jabr

Idlib - SMART

The United Nations sent a humanitarian aid convoy to Idlib, Northern Syria, through Turkish territory.

On Thursday night, the Turkish Anadolu agency said that the convoy consisting of 44 trucks headed to Idlib through the Turkish border crossing opposite the Bab al-Hawa crossing from the Syrian side. The aid is expected to be distributed to the needy, without specifying the party that received this aid.

On June 22, 2020, Mazen Allush, media official of Bab al-Hawa, reported to SMART 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.

On June 2, 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.

On June 6, 2020, the Syria Response Coordinators Team warned of transferring humanitarian aid allocated to Northwestern Syria across the Syrian-Turkish borders to organizations that support the Syrian government if the Security Council Resolution 2504 stops.

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 enters humanitarian aid across the Syrian border, with a notification to the Syrian government.

This came after a military campaign 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.