Hasht-E Subh UN aid groups have requested the extension of UN Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 2642 to continue providing aid to northwest Syria.
UN relief groups on Tuesday, January 3, issued a joint statement calling for the extension of aid to certain areas in Syria. These groups include the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Food Program (WFP), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
“If the Council fails to extend it, the consequences will be catastrophic for 4.1 million people in non-Government-controlled areas,” the statement reads.
United Nations Security Council resolution 2642 is set to expire in eight days
The joint statement said that Most of the people are women and children who need assistance just to survive at the peak of winter and amidst a serious cholera outbreak.
“Any failure by the Council to extend the resolution would also mean that the UN Monitoring Mechanism (UNMM) would cease to function, which would bring an end to the UN’s verification of the humanitarian nature of consignments at the border,” UN bodies warned.
Syria has been bearing the burden of war, unrest, hunger and famine for more than a decade.