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Millions of Syrians benefit from cross-border operations

15 Jul 2017
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Three years after the adoption of a Security Council resolution on relief delivery across border lines in Syria, cross-border operations continue to play a pivotal role in the delivery of life-saving assistance to millions of Syrians.

“Representing over a third of all humanitarian deliveries, the role of cross-border operations is absolutely vital. It’s a lifeline,” said Ramesh Rajasingham, UN Deputy Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria in Gaziantep. “Millions of Syrians receive critical life-saving assistance and services as a result of UN Security Council Resolution 2165 (2014).” 

Unanimously adopted on 14 July 2014, UN Security Council Resolution 2165, authorizes UN agencies and their partners to “use routes across conflict lines and the border crossings of Bab al-Salam, Bab al-Hawa, Al Yarubiyah and Al-Ramtha, in addition to those already in use,” to deliver humanitarian assistance to the people in need in Syria. 

The Government of Syria is notified in advance of each shipment of humanitarian assistance. A UN monitoring mechanism has been established to oversee and confirm the humanitarian nature of the consignments.

Since the launch of cross-border deliveries in 2014, the UN and its partners have provided 3.5 million people with food assistance. In the past three years, at least 3.8 million people have been able to access shelter and non-food items such as plastic sheets and buckets.

Over the same period, three million people have benefitted from water, sanitation and hygiene supplies; 500,000 from education-related material; over 150,000 people received nutrition assistance; and medical supplies have been provided for almost 13.5 million treatments.

Deliveries have reached people in need in Aleppo, Dar’a, Hama, Homs, Idleb, Lattakia, As Suweida and Quneitra governorates.

The UN and its partners will continue to provide assistance for the 13.5 million people in need in Syria through all modalities.

OCHA calls for safe, sustained and unimpeded access to all in need, particularly the 4.5 million living in besieged and hard-to-reach areas.