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Threat of Russian veto hovers over renewing UN aid mandate to Syria

A sick child sits on its bed at the cancer ward of the Children's Hospital in Damascus, Syria, on Monday, March 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Omar Sanadiki)
A sick child sits on its bed at the cancer ward of the Children's Hospital in Damascus, Syria, on Monday, March 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Omar Sanadiki)

Unless the UN Security Council extends its approval of aid deliveries to rebel-held parts of northwest Syria next month, food supplies will be depleted by September in the region that is home to some 4 million people, aid agencies warn.

Concerns have been rising in recent months that the situation will get worse in Syria’s Idlib province because Russia may force international aid for the northwest to be delivered through parts of Syria under the control of its ally, Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Currently, aid enters the Idlib enclave directly from Turkey via a single border crossing, Bab al-Hawa. The UN mandate allowing deliveries through Bab al-Hawa ends on July 9, and Russia has hinted it will veto a Security Council resolution renewing the mandate.

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