Bab al-Hawa crossing case
More than fifty humanitarian organizations operating in the northwest of Syria participated in a protest in the name of the “largest human chain” on Wednesday, June 23, near “Bab al-Hawa” crossing in the north of “Idlib” governorate, in order to demand the UN Security Council to renew a resolution entering humanitarian aid through “Bab al-Hawa” crossing on the Syrian-Turkish border. “Al-Ameen” for humanitarian support was among the parties participating in the vigil aimed at awakening the world from its unawareness of the human rights violations taking place in northern Syria.
Bab al-Hawa crossing case
In 2014, the Security Council issued Resolution No. 2165, which allows the entry of humanitarian aid into Syria through four border points – the “Bab al-Hawa” crossing is one of them – and with the resolution’s expiration on January 10, 2020, several parties demanded the extension of the resolution from In order to continue delivering medical, food and other aid to the millions of besieged Syrians in the northern countryside.
However, requests to extend the decision were objected by Russia, which used its authority in the United Nations to reduce the number of points to only two points and to reduce the extension period from one year to six months, and this means that the authorization mechanism for the entry of humanitarian aid across the border into the regions of northern Syria will expire on the date July 11, 2021 so that the border points will be in the hands of Russia and the Assad regime.
If Bab Al-Hawa crossing is closed, what will happen?
In the event that the mechanism of authorization for humanitarian aid entry is not renewed, the region will witness a complete collapse in the humanitarian and economic aspects, most notably:
- Humanitarian aspects: Failure to renew the decision will deprive two million people of access to food aid and clean drinking water, and the daily supply of free bread to more than one million people living in hundreds of camps distributed in the region will stop. It will also cause the number of hospitals and effective medical points to be reduced at the present time to less than half in the first phase and more than 80% in the second phase, and to an increase in the number of coronavirus infections (COVID-19) to record levels, due to the inability of medical centers to provide their services, In addition to stopping support for hygiene projects, particularly within the camps.
- Economic aspects: If the decision is not renewed, unemployment rates and the search for work will increase at increasing rates, and this will be accompanied by an increase in food prices to three times their price, and the price of news, which is indispensable to the Syrian citizen, will rise to four times! There will be a significant decrease in the available resources within northern Syria, with the current resources unable to meet the needs of the region, and the commercial movement will not be able to secure the shortage, especially since tens of thousands of civilians are unable to secure their daily needs.
This year, the Syrians mark the lapse of a decade since the Syrian tragedy, whose terrible effects are visible throughout the country, as more than half a million people were killed, while more than a hundred thousand people are still missing in the prisons of the Assad regime, and more than half of the population has been displaced. the country, internally or externally.