Syria’s Kurds fear a lack of medical aid after Security Council resolution

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS)

The Kurdish Self-Administration warned on Tuesday that the exclusion of the Security Council a border crossing from the crossings designated for the entry of humanitarian aid across the border, would lead to a shortage of medical supplies and increase the “control” of Damascus for its distribution in northeastern Syria.

The United Nations Security Council agreed on Friday to extend the mechanism for the delivery of humanitarian aid across the border to Syria, for a period of six months instead of a year, under pressure from Moscow, an ally of Damascus. He also ruled out the provision of aid through two crossings, one of which is Arabic with Iraq, which was usually used to deliver medical aid to the areas controlled by Kurdish fighters, where more than a million and a half people depend on humanitarian aid.

“There will be no entry for any aid except from Damascus, the head of the Humanitarian Affairs Office in the autonomous administration, Abdul Qadir Muwahid, and this will give the government of Damascus additional control over the aid, the mechanism for its distribution, and the selection of local partners and beneficiaries,” Abdel-Qader Al-Muwahhid, head of the Humanitarian Affairs office told AFP. “.

The new mechanism of work would prevent the provision of “sixty to seventy percent of medical needs in Al-Hol camp”, where tens of thousands of displaced people and family members of ISIS militants reside. It also threatens the ability to deliver medical supplies and equipment to Al-Hasakeh Hospital, medical points and the Kurdish Red Crescent, according to Al-Muwahhid.

The Kurdish self-administration has no choice but to receive aid through the illegal Semalika crossing with the Iraqi Kurdistan region, which the United Nations and its partners do not use to enter aid.

Aid to Syria in the coming stage will be restricted to the Bab Al-Hawa and Bab al-Salam crossings with Turkey, which the Kurdish fighters are considered “terrorists”, and through Damascus, whose forces recently deployed in the self-administration areas at the Kurdish request, following a massive attack by Turkey in the border area.

The unified explained that the introduction of aid from Turkey was “almost impossible”, expressing his belief that its delivery through Damascus would allow the latter to “blackmail political self-administration”, and would constitute “one of the pressure cards that the Syrian government will use in its negotiations with the Kurds with Russian sponsorship on the future of the region.”

The Kurds, who managed during the years of conflict and after decades of marginalization, to build self-management and educational, social and military institutions, to preserve the minimum of their gains, during their negotiations with Damascus about the future of their regions, while the latter wishes to restore matters to what they were before the beginning of the conflict In the year 2011.

The Kurdish leader in the Syrian Democratic Forces, Ridor Khalil, described in his tweet Friday what happened “a dangerous development” and “a repetition of the impartiality of the United Nations”, considering it as “a clear declaration to prevent aid from reaching those who deserve it.”

Sam Heller, a researcher at the International Crisis Group, told France Press that reducing the number of crossings through which aid is being entered would “focus more power in Damascus and in the hands of the Syrian government.”

“It is another example of how Damascus benefits from its control over the institutions of the Syrian state and from international legitimacy to impose dependency,” he added.

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