UN working to hike life-saving aid for NW Syria

Source: Xinhua| 2020-09-02 05:42:27|Editor: huaxia

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 1 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations is working to increase life-saving assistance to beleaguered northwest Syria residents, limited by the Security Council to one cross-border route from Turkey, a UN spokesman said on Tuesday.

"We are taking steps to mitigate the impacts of losing one crossing point, including in expanding the size of the transshipment hub, and engaging in humanitarian access negotiations with parties to the conflict," said Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

"Today (Tuesday), 24 trucks of the World Food Programme, which included supplies for 74,000 people in Idlib, crossed at the only crossing point of Bab al-Hawa," Dujarric said. "The secretary-general, as he said in his last report to the Council, operations have proven to be more risky, costly and time consuming, resulting in less efficiency."

He said the United Nations continues to reach people in need throughout the northwest despite the removal of one of the border crossing points by the Security Council in their latest Syria resolution, approved in July. Enditem