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Ukraine war stirs fears Russia could weaponize Syria aid

As Russia wages war in Ukraine, concerns are mounting that Moscow will use its UN Security Council veto powers to dismantle what remains of cross-border aid operations into Syria.
A human chain is formed by workers from the civil society, humanitarian aid, and medical and rescue services.

The war in Ukraine could have devastating humanitarian consequences for Syria, where relief workers fear a vengeful Russia could make good on threats to eliminate the country’s last remaining aid lifeline.  

The United Nations Security Council has until July to reauthorize a cross-border mechanism that provides desperately needed food, medicine and other basic goods to millions of Syrian civilians each month. The UN resolution permits humanitarian assistance to be routed through neighboring countries rather than Damascus, which has a long history of blocking “cross-line” aid destined for areas under rebel control. 

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