Syria extends authorization to use border crossing for humanitarian purposes | News
The Syrian authorities authorized the United Nations on Thursday to use the Bab al Hawa border crossing, located in the northwest of the country and bordering Türkiye, for the delivery of humanitarian aid to millions of civilians living in areas in the northwest, under control of terrorist armed groups.
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The permanent representative of Syria to the UN, Bassam Sabbagh, said in a statement that he informed the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, and the President of the Security Council, Vassili Nebenzia, about the respective decision.
The measure will enter into force as of today and will be extended for the next six months with the aim of delivering humanitarian aid to that part of the Syrian population, the senior Syrian official specified.
I just informed SG @antonioguterres & #SC president that the Syrian Government has taken the sovereign decision to grant the @A permission to use Bab al-Hawa crossing to deliver humanitarian aid to the Syrian people in northwest Syria for a period of 6 months as of today July 13 pic.twitter.com/qraHavxW39
— Bassam Sabbagh (@AmbSYUN)
July 13, 2023
In turn, the Secretary General's spokesman, Stéphane Dujarric, told international media that the organization received the letter and that "we are studying it" while pointing out that they maintain regular contact with Damascus.
The announcement comes after the mechanism created in 2014 expired on Monday, after the Security Council failed to reach consensus on its extension.
According to the UN, 85 percent of humanitarian aid destined for four million people enters through the Bab al Hawa pass, which further increased its importance after the earthquakes reported last February.
This step is coordinated and supervised by the UN. Since the earthquakes, it has been open to humanitarian convoys that carry essential products to civilians living in provinces such as Idlib, controlled by armed terrorist groups and not by the Syrian government.
The Bab al Salam and Al Raee border crossings were reopened by Damascus after the earthquakes with the aim of making humanitarian aid viable, expediting the approval of visas and transport logistics.
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