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UN approves aid to Syria's rebel area through 1 crossing

Posted at 1:10 AM, Jul 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-12 01:10:53-04

UNITED NATIONS — Russia has scored a victory for its ally Syria by forcing the U.N. Security Council to limit humanitarian aid deliveries to the country’s mainly rebel-held northwest to just one crossing point from Turkey.

Western nations say the change from Saturday's vote will cut a lifeline for 1.3 million people.

Russia argued that aid should be delivered from within Syria across conflict lines and just one crossing point is needed.

The U.N. and humanitarian groups argued unsuccessfully — along with the vast majority of the council — that two crossing points were essential to get aid to the 2.8 million needy people in the northwest, especially with the region's recent first case of COVID-19.