Russia Vetoes Extension Of UN Aid Into Syria

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Russia on Friday signaled an end to UN aid operation into Syria from Turkey. Aid to some 4 million people in opposition controlled northwest Syria from Turkey expires on Sunday. “People will die because of this vote”, US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, told the council.

UNITED NATIONS JULY 10: Since 20-14, the Bab al Hawa crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border has been the only means of getting humanitarian aid into northern Syria’s Idlib province, without interference from the regime. However, the mandate keeping it open is set to expire on Sunday, with many fearing that disagreement between Russia and Western nations will lead to its closure.

Russia on Friday signaled an end to a long-running U.N. aid operation into northwest Syria from Turkey after vetoing a one-year extension.

The current U.N. Security Council mandate for U.N. humanitarian aid – including food, medicine and shelter – to some 4 million people in opposition-controlled northwest Syria from Turkey expires on Sunday.

“This is a life and death issue and tragically, people will die because of this vote and the country who shamelessly deployed the veto,” U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, told the council.

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