UN Security Council authorises Syria aid convoys
Published on Jul 15, 2014 1:10 AM
UNITED NATIONS, United States (AFP) - The UN Security Council adopted a resolution Monday authorising humanitarian convoys to assist more than one million Syrian civilians in rebel-held areas, without the consent of Damascus.
The council unanimously approved the measure, including permanent members Russia and China, who have vetoed four Western-backed draft resolutions on Syria since the start of the conflict in 2011.
The shipments will travel through four different border crossings - two in Turkey (Bab a-Salam and Bab al-Hawa), one in Iraq (Al-Yarubiyah) and another in Jordan (Al-Ramtha). All three neighbouring countries are also hosting large numbers of refugees from the four-year conflict.
The resolution will allow immediate aid deliveries to 1.3 million civilians in rebel-held areas, British Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant told the Council.
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