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Every day, trucks with aid supplies drive from Turkey to the Syrian rebel area. Federal Development Cooperation Minister Gerd Müller is now warning Russia not to block humanitarian aid.

Augsburg (DPA) – Federal Development Cooperation Minister Gerd Müller has warned Russia not to obstruct UN emergency aid for millions of refugees in northern Syria.

The Russian government in the UN Security Council must continue to guarantee access to aid agencies through the only Bab al-Hawa border crossing, said the CSU politician of the Augsburger Allgemeine. “The threat of blocking an extension of the border opening to northern Syria for humanitarian aid is unacceptable.”

Every day, trucks with relief supplies drive through Bab al-Hawa from Turkey to the Syrian rebel area. That could end on July 10 if the UN Security Council cannot agree on an extension of the border opening. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had vetoed him in a letter to UN Secretary-General António Guterres. From a Russian point of view, UN aid could also be brought to rebel areas via Damascus.

“Cross-border care is vital for these women, men and children,” says Müller. Closing the border crossing “would be disastrous in a situation where COVID-19 is raging in Syria” and the humanitarian situation worsens. “Instead of closing the only remaining border crossing, we need at least two border crossings.”

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