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

Jul. 11, 2020 5:58 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council approved a resolution Saturday authorizing humanitarian aid deliveries to Syria’s mainly rebel-held northwest from Turkey through just one crossing point, a victory for Russia in cutting another crossing that the U.N. and aid groups have called...

UN Security Council approves aid to Syrian rebel area through just one crossing from Turkey, in a victory for Russia

Jul. 11, 2020 5:38 PM EDT
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — UN Security Council approves aid to Syrian rebel area through just one crossing from Turkey, in a victory for Russia.
FILE - In this March 19, 2020 file photo, a member of a humanitarian aid agency disinfects inside Ibn Sina Hospital as prevention against the coronavirus in Idlib, Syria. Hospitals in Syria’s overcrowded opposition-held enclave are suspending non-emergency procedures and outpatient services following the detection of the first case of coronavirus. A leading doctor in the area said on Friday, July 10, 2020 that the measures will last at lest a week. (AP Photo/Ghaith Alsayed, File)

More COVID-19 cases in Syria's overcrowded rebel enclave

Jul. 11, 2020 9:58 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — At least two doctors in Syria's opposition-held northwest have been infected with the coronavirus, a monitoring group reported Saturday, the latest confirmed cases in the overcrowded rebel enclave. The new infections raise the number of confirmed cases to three in the area, where health care...

FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2016 file photo, people gather to take basic food stuffs and other aid from community leaders charged with distributing equitably the supplies to the 64,000-person refugee camp called Ruqban on the Jordan-Syria border. Over the last two days, members of the UN Security Council have been haggling over cross-border aid delivery to Syria, with Russia, a major ally of the Syria government, working to reduce the delivery of U.N. humanitarian aid to Syria's last rebel-held northwest down from two crossings to just one. A final vote is expected Friday, July 10, 2020 as western countries push on a new resolution to keep the two crossings open for six months, instead of a year. (AP Photo, File)

UN fails for 2nd time to agree on Syria aid from Turkey

Jul. 10, 2020 10:08 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A divided U.N. Security Council failed for a second time Friday to agree on extending humanitarian aid deliveries to Syria’s mainly rebel-held northwest from Turkey as the current U.N. mandate was ending, leaving nearly 3 million people at risk of losing aid. Russia and China...

FILE - In this March 19, 2020 file photo, a member of a humanitarian aid agency disinfects inside Ibn Sina Hospital as prevention against the coronavirus in Idlib, Syria. Hospitals in Syria’s overcrowded opposition-held enclave are suspending non-emergency procedures and outpatient services following the detection of the first case of coronavirus. A leading doctor in the area said on Friday, July 10, 2020 that the measures will last at lest a week. (AP Photo/Ghaith Alsayed, File)

Hospitals in Syria's rebel area reduce services amid virus

Jul. 10, 2020 1:39 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Hospitals in Syria's overcrowded opposition-held enclave are suspending non-emergency procedures and outpatient services following the detection of the first case of coronavirus, a leading doctor in the area said Friday. The regional education department also announced it was closing all...

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference at the State Department in Washington, Wednesday, July 8, 2020. (Tom Brenner/Pool via AP)

Pompeo slams UN report on deadly US drone strike on Iranian

Jul. 10, 2020 10:42 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has criticized an independent U.N. human rights expert's report insisting a American drone strike that killed a top Iranian general in January was a “watershed” event in the use of drones and amounted to a violation of international law. The...

FILE - In this April 19, 2020 photo file photo, shows a large refugee camp on the Syrian side of the border with Turkey, near the town of Atma, in Idlib province, Syria. Over the last two days, members of the UN Security Council have been haggling over cross-border aid delivery to Syria, with Russia, a major ally of the Syria government, working to reduce the delivery of U.N. humanitarian aid to Syria's last rebel-held northwest down from two crossings to just one. A final vote is expected Friday, July 10, 2020 as western countries push on a new resolution to keep the two crossings open for six months, instead of a year. (AP Photo/Ghaith Alsayed, File)

Fear of disaster if UN cuts aid entering rebel-held Syria

Jul. 9, 2020 3:06 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — In Syria’s opposition-held enclave, a new kind of panic is setting in. Already living in fear of frequent government attacks, the nearly 3 million people crowded into the country’s northwest corner now risk losing vital aid as Russian moves at the U.N. threaten to shut down...

FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2020, file photo, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Lahore, Pakistan. Guterres expressed hope Tuesday, June 23, 2020 that Israel will hear global calls and will not go ahead with annexation of parts of the West Bank, which would undermine a two-state solution to the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudhry, File)

UN chief warns foreign interference in Libya `unprecedented'

Jul. 9, 2020 1:24 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that foreign interference in Libya’s war has reached “unprecedented levels” and urged key players and their backers to unblock the political stalemate and agree to a cease-fire and peace talks. Calling the current...

FILE - This Sunday, April 19, 2020 file photo, shows a large refugee camp on the Syrian side of the border with Turkey, near the town of Atma, in Idlib province, Syria. The head of the U.N. food agency warned of starvation and another wave of mass migration from Syria to Europe unless donors countries step up financial assistance to the war-ravaged country. (AP Photo/Ghaith Alsayed, File)

UN Council rejects Russia bid to limit Syrian aid deliveries

Jul. 8, 2020 10:56 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council on Wednesday overwhelmingly rejected a Russian resolution that would have cut back the delivery of humanitarian aid to Syria’s mainly rebel-held northwest to just one crossing point from Turkey. Western countries that voted against the resolution have...

In this photo released by the Turkish humanitarian group IHH on Monday, April 6, 2020, aid workers of the group demonstrate to Syrian children how to properly wash hands, at a camp for internally displaced persons in northern Syria. The Islamic humanitarian foundation tutored children and adults on preventative measures to avoid infection by the new coronavirus and also distributed aid and personal hygiene supplies.  (IHH via AP)

Russia and China veto cross-border aid to Syria's northwest

Jul. 7, 2020 7:33 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia and China vetoed a U.N. resolution Tuesday that would maintain two border crossing points from Turkey to deliver humanitarian aid to Syria’s mainly rebel-held northwest for a year, which the United Nations says is crucial to save millions of lives. Russia, Syria's close...