Blinken at UN calls for opening of border crossings for Syria aid

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken pleads for more access for UN aid to the population of war-torn Syria.

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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken held in the UN Security Council (UNSC), that world powers should be ashamed by their inaction. He emphasized an urge to the UNSC to resurrect the border crossings into Syria which was blocked by Russia.

On Monday while leading an online UNSC session on Syria, the most composed top US diplomat delivered with clear passion as he voiced outrage at the continued suffering of the Syrian people 10 years into the civil war.

“How is it possible that we cannot find in our hearts the common humanity to actually take meaningful action?” held Blinken, while he brought up his own two children when denoting to the crisis.

“Look into your hearts,” he pleaded. “We have to find a way to do something, to take action to help people. That is our responsibility. And shame on us if we do not.”

The domestic Syrian population, are those who rely on aid the most. As of July 2020, United Nations assistance mechanisms can enter Syria only through one crossing: the Bab al-Hawa crossing on the Turkish border. Blinken insisted on the reopening of the second border crossing from Turkey that used to convey aid to about four million Syrians and the voyage from Iraq that conveyed aid to 1.3 million in the northeast.

Sovereignty was never intended to ensure the right of any government to starve people, deprive them of life-saving medicine, bomb hospitals or commit any other human rights abuse against citizens,” he held, referring to Russian activities in the country last week near the Bab al-Hawa border that disturbed all aid delivery into Syria.

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