MSF is counting on the passage between Turkey and northwest Syria to transport supplies and will be forced to reduce its assistance if the UN Security Council does not renew the cross-border resolution
AMMAN/NEW YORK JULY 5, 2022 — About 2.4 million people in northwestern Syria, more than half of whom are displaced, will lose access to desperately needed humanitarian and medical assistance if the United Nations Security Council ( UN) is not renewing the cross-border resolution, which is due to expire in July January 10, the international medical humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said today, calling for its renewal.
Failure to renew UN Security Council Resolution 2585 will lead to the closure of the Bab Al-Hawa crossing on the Syrian-Turkish border, the last remaining humanitarian crossing in northwestern Syria . In 2021, more than 99% of MSF’s humanitarian supplies in northwestern Syria were shipped via Bab Al-Hawa. If the resolution is not renewed, most hospitals and health facilities will lack the necessary medical supplies to operate and the lives of patients will be put at risk. MSF will be forced to review its support in northwestern Syria and will have to significantly reduce its response.
“The ever-present threat of the non-renewal of [not renewing] the cross-border resolution weighs on the people of northwestern Syria amid overwhelming humanitarian and medical needs and a severe economic crisis,” said Claire San Filippo, MSF head of mission in Syria. “The UN Security Council must renew vital cross-border operations. If this lifeline is cut, access to basic food, water and health care [for] million will be significantly reduced. This will lead to preventable deaths.
According to the UN, out of 4.4 million people living in northwestern Syria, 4.1 million need humanitarian assistance and 3.1 million need medical assistance. Access to health care remains difficult for many due to insecurity, distance from health facilities and cost of services or transportation. Every month, cross-border aid supports 2.4 million people.
MSF’s humanitarian and medical response is currently made possible through cross-border resolution, which guarantees the availability of life-saving medical aid in the country. MSF teams have been present in Syria since 2011, but since late 2020 they have increasingly depended on World Health Organization (WHO) convoys, crossing northwest Syria through the Bab humanitarian corridor. Al-Hawa, to transport essential MSF medical aid to the area.
Sending aid through the Bab Al-Hawa crossing remains the fastest, most efficient, transparent and cost-effective way for humanitarian aid to cross northwestern Syria. There is currently no viable alternative to this mechanism. MSF calls on the permanent and non-permanent members of the UN Security Council to renew UNSC cross-border resolution 2585 for the delivery of humanitarian aid via Bab Al-Hawa to northwestern Syria.
*Eleven years of conflict, the COVID-19 pandemic, the deepening economic crisis, sanctions and the ripple effects of the war in Ukraine on the price of food and gasoline have fueled a humanitarian crisis underway in Syria. According to the UN, more than 14.6 million people in Syria are in need of humanitarian assistance, an increase of 1.2 million from 2021. Food prices have soared to the highest average price. highest on record since monitoring began in 2013. Ninety percent of people live below the poverty line. . *
*To respond to medical needs in the governorates of Idlib and Aleppo, where the health system remains very fragile, MSF supports seven hospitals, including a specialized burns unit, 12 basic health care centers, 11 clinics and water, sanitation and hygiene needs in 100 camps for internally displaced people. *