UN Security Council Agrees to Resume Aid In Northern Syria

New deliveries enter area around Aleppo

Fresh off of Russia and China vetoing a Western proposal on Syrian aid Friday, the UN Security Council have passed a resolution over the weekend revising the terms to avoid a veto, and allowing the first deliveries to reenter the country.

With aid coming from Turkey into northern Syria, which is to say into territory held by Turkish-backed rebels, there was a keen interest in the West to have two crossings. Russia vetoed this to limit Turkey’s options to smuggle arms across the border.

Russia got what they wanted, and the revised resolution allows only a single border crossing into Aleppo. The crossing is being used without a secondary crossing in Idlib, though Idlib and Aleppo do connect so shipments can go back and forth, even more easily with the government controlling the key highway.

For its part, the US has allowed this alternative resolution to go into effect, despite saying the two crossing plan was a “red line” for them. No one vetoed the second UN vote, though Russia and China did abstain.

Author: Jason Ditz

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