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UN organizations call for the extension of cross-border aid delivery resolution to Syria

The heads of seven United Nations organizations called on the international Security Council to extend humanitarian aid delivery mechanism into Syria through Bab al-Hawa border crossing, in accordance with Resolution 2585, for an additional 12 months, with approaching the expiration of the current extension mechanism on July 10.

The demands came in a joint statement, on last Thursday, by the heads of seven United Nations organizations, which warned of dire humanitarian consequences that would result from not renewing the resolution. The statement clarified that more than 3.2 million people in northwestern Syria are food insecure and are in deep need of food assistance.

The statement was signed  by Martin Griffiths, UN Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Catherine Russell, the executive director of the UN International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), Natalia Kanem, executive director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), David Beasley, executive director of the World Food Program, and Antonio Vitorino, the head of the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

The statement stressed that this resolution is critical to the lives and well-being of 4.1 million people trapped in northwestern Syria.

The statement pointed out that they aim to effectively deliver aid to those in need away from political calculations or agendas.

The heads of the organizations stressed at the conclusion of the statement that the lives of millions of people depend on aid, and they are counting on members of the Security Council to enable their vital work to continue. The people of Syria will be counting on them to take the right decision.

It is noteworthy that Ireland and Norway, on June 15, urged the UN Security Council to extend cross-border humanitarian aid delivery mechanism into Syria.

Last month, the United Nations sent 1,000 trucks loaded with humanitarian aid to northwestern Syria through the Bab al-Hawa border crossing.

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