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UN urged by global relief body to renew cross-border aid mechanism for Syria

In order to ensure humanitarian aid to the Syrian population, an international relief organization called on the UN Security Council to renew the provisions of the cross-border resolution for another year.

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In order to ensure humanitarian aid to the Syrian population, an international relief organization called on the UN Security Council to renew the provisions of the cross-border resolution for another year.

Doctors of the World called for “a guaranteed renewal of this cross-border resolution for at least another 12 months in a statement, to ensure that millions of Syrians continue to have access to food aid, essential medicines, and other basic humanitarian goods.”

If there is no access to humanitarian aid in the north of the country, there will be no medical supplies, no food, and no relief work for the population living in northwestern Syria, according to the Doctors of the World.

While cross-border access was vital last year, “it is even more critical today” due to the conflict in Ukraine which increased the food prices, and “the worst drought in seven decades,” the statement added.

Since 2014, the UN Security Council is set to vote on Sunday on whether to renew the cross-border mechanism, which has allowed the Bab al-Hawa passage to operate. It is the only crossing providing a link between Idlib, northwestern Syria, and Türkiye, allowing the delivery of humanitarian aid to the region.

According to the statement, the relief organization “has been working on access to health, especially primary care, in Aleppo province since 2008, in partnership with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent.”

It added that Doctors of the World adapted its response with the outbreak of the war to ensure access to the most fundamental health needs of the population.

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