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World struggle for aid to Syria continues

06:50  11 july  2020
06:50  11 july  2020 Source:   pressfrom.com

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Continue reading the main story. At Syrian Aid Summit, a Struggle The aid is meant to be targeted toward Syrians in need throughout the country, whether in government-controlled areas The United Nations had asked for nearly billion — .8 billion for aid inside Syria , including 0 million to

Humanitarian aid during the Syrian Civil War has been provided by various international bodies, organizations and states. The main effort is coordinated by Jonh Ging of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA).

After the failure of the UN Security Council to continue humanitarian aid for millions of needy people in Syria, the struggle for a solution continues at the weekend.

Ein riesiges Flüchtlingslager auf der syrischen Seite der Grenze zur Türkei in der Nähe der Stadt Atma in der Provinz Idlib. © Photo: Ghaith Alsayed / AP / dpa A huge refugee camp on the Syrian side of the border with Turkey near the city of Atma in the province of Idlib.

"We are ready to work around the clock and we are asking others to think of the millions of people in Syria who are waiting for the Security Council to decide their fate," said Germany and Belgium in a joint statement. In the past few days, several draft resolutions of the two countries failed due to the vetos of Russia and China.

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The UN remains split on the way to deliver aid to Syria , with Beijing and Moscow vetoing the latest humanitarian push. The nations disagree on which border Russia and China blocked a German-Belgian proposal for continuing humanitarian aid for Syrians in the UN Security Council on Friday.

An aid convoy has reached a besieged suburb of the Syrian capital Damascus, as the UN takes Image caption A Free Syria Army fighter rests in al-Tamorah, in the north of Aleppo province, on Mr Hijab warned that continued violations would jeopardise the resumption of UN-brokered talks aimed

Background is a UN resolution that has been in existence since 2014, which expired on the night of Saturday after six years. It allowed the United Nations to bring essential relief supplies to parts of Syria through border crossings that are not controlled by the government. According to western sources, around 2.8 million people are dependent on the goods that pass through these points. After Russian resistance, the once four transitions were reduced to two at the beginning of the year - since then, the supply situation for some regions has deteriorated significantly, according to aid organizations.

With the blockade of the Security Council, the previous deliveries by international aid organizations via two border crossings from Turkey to northern Syria could finally be cut off. Russia is an ally of Syria - the cessation or curtailment of UN-led aid would strengthen President Bashar al-Assad's position, observers say.

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Noting the continued implementation of the agreement between the Russian Federation and Turkey in the north-west, he said it should be sustained, with respect “Calling upon the international community to increase their assistance to Syria by providing additional humanitarian aid , noting with concern that

Scale of attacks preventing recovery of bodies as medics struggle to treat injured.

Moscow argues that the existing aid must “gradually expire” because of the growing influence of the Syrian government in the country. In a last draft on Friday evening, Moscow suggested that humanitarian aid should be continued over a border crossing, Bab al-Hawa, for 12 months - the text was unacceptable to most members of the Security Council.

Welthungerhilfe was outraged that aid deliveries and hunger were used as weapons in Syria. The failure of the talks "inevitably escalates the already catastrophic humanitarian situation and directly threatens people's survival". "Save the Children" also strongly condemned the blockade in the Security Council. The border crossings are "indispensable".

Development Minister Gerd Müller (CSU) demanded in the newspapers of the Funke media group that the expiry of the regulation should not remain without consequences. "In view of the dramatic supply situation of the refugees, there must be an outcry from the global community, which must also be heard in Beijing and Moscow."

Russia and China veto UN extension of cross-border aid to Syria

  Russia and China veto UN extension of cross-border aid to Syria The two nations veto UN resolution to maintain two border crossing points from Turkey to deliver aid to northwest Syria.The six-year-long UN approval of aid deliveries to Syria from Turkey is authorised until Friday. The remaining 13 UNSC members voted on Tuesday in favour of the resolution drafted by Germany and Belgium.

The Syrian government, backed by its key ally Russia, has been pounding rebel-held areas in Syria . Rescue workers are scrambling to keep up with the

About 20 people were killed in Monday night's deadly strike on the aid convoy in Urum al-Kubra that prompted the United Nations to halt its aid operations in Syria . "The preparation for these convoys has now resumed and we are ready to deliver aid to besieged The struggle for a ceasefire in Syria .

diplomats now expect negotiations to continue over the weekend to reinstate the mechanism. Germany and Belgium have introduced a new draft resolution into the most powerful UN body. In addition to keeping Bab al-Hawas open for 12 months, the proposal submitted to the German Press Agency also provides for deliveries to continue across the Turkish border at Bab al-Salam for three months. Western diplomats consider two crossings essential if one of them should fail due to fighting. According to

aid organizations, in addition to the two crossings, a further one in the northeast on the border with Iraq would actually be needed to care for the needy Syrians. The provision of supplies to people in the rebel-controlled region around Idlib in north-western Syria also depends heavily on the international aid supplies. Syria repeatedly stresses that the deliveries should also go to terrorists operating there.

It is estimated that at least 500,000 people have died since the outbreak of the Syrian war in March 2011. The government supporters now control around two thirds of the country, including the big cities. The country is currently at risk of a severe economic crisis from the corona pandemic. In Idlib, the local health authorities have just released evidence of a first corona case.


Video: UN denounce war crimes in Syria (Reuters)

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