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Syria predicted a humanitarian catastrophe

The UN and WHO predicted a humanitarian catastrophe in Syria: it may pass due to the failure of the mission to deliver humanitarian aid to the Arab Republic. Representatives of the organizations are quoted by Reuters.

The UN has only a month to ensure supplies within the framework of the cross-border Assistance Mechanism. The organization's Security Council refused to extend the mandate for another year, so the program will end soon — even COVID-19 vaccines will not be able to be delivered to Syria.

On June 23, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed to the UN Security Council and asked to extend the supplies within the framework of the TGM in order to avoid “destructive consequences”.

In July 2020, the UN Security Council adopted a resolution on the extension of the mechanism of cross-border assistance to Syria, which has been operating since 2014. At the same time, Moscow and Damascus have repeatedly asked to curtail the mechanism, since humanitarian assistance is not provided in coordination with the official authorities of the country. The Russian and Syrian sides claim that because of this, cargo often ends up in the hands of terrorists.

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