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Following a week of division and seven ballots, the Council passed a proposal submitted by Germany and Belgium allowing the use of the Bab al-Hawa crossing point for one year.

Saturday's vote will be on a new draft text submitted overnight by Germany and Belgium, which would provide for a single aid access point into Syria.

More coronavirus cases reported in Syria's Idlib

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More coronavirus cases reported in Syria's Idlib

The enclave is currently under threat of losing crucial humanitarian aid access.

Russia and China veto aid to rebel-held Syria

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Russia and China veto aid to rebel-held Syria

Reducing aid deliveries to just one crossing point would cut essential supplies to one million people, the head of International Rescue ...

Moscow push to reduce cross-border aid to Syria fails

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Moscow push to reduce cross-border aid to Syria fails

The UN Security Council voted down a Russian bid to abolish one of two vital aid crossing points between Turkey and Syria, and keep the second ...

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UN voting on Syria aid delivery through 1 crossing

Moscow, an ally of Syria's Bashar al-Assad, vetoed an earlier resolution to see continued aid deliveries through two crossing points to northwestern Syria.

Sam Hamad

Russia abuses UN veto, snuffing out Syrians' final lifeline

Comment: Russia is exploiting its UN Security Council veto power for the purposes of aiding and abetting war crimes in Syria, writes Sam Hamad.

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Russia vetoes crucial extension of cross-border aid in Syria

A crucial UN Security Council resolution that would have extended authorisation for cross-border humanitarian aid in Syria for a year has been ...

Gasia Ohanes

The future of international aid in sanctions-hit Syria

As global donors hold a virtual meeting to pledge funds for Syria's humanitarian crisis, aid workers warn operating in the war-torn country is ...

UN and West spar with Russia over Syria aid

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UN and West spar with Russia over Syria aid

The UN and the West have warned Russia that halting cross-border deliveries would cause 'suffering and death'.

Malia Bouattia

Reparations for slavery should be just the beginning

Comment: Reparations are a good starting point, but are no substitute for replacing an economic system built on inequality and exploitation, ...

Guterres supports UN cross-border aid in Syria

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Guterres supports UN cross-border aid in Syria

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he supports the extension of a cross-border program to deliver humanitarian aid to Syria.

Israel welcomes favourable EU vote amid annexation tensions

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Israel welcomes favourable EU vote amid annexation tensions

The European parliament voted to ratify an aviation treaty between the EU and Israel, despite criticism from European leaders on the Jewish ...

Draft UN resolution calls for three Syria aid crossings

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Draft UN resolution calls for three Syria aid crossings

It remains to be seen whether Russia, a staunch ally of the Syrian regime, will allow the Iraqi Al Yarubiyah crossing to reopen for medical aid ...

'Chechen-Algerian gang war' erupts in French city

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'Chechen-Algerian gang war' erupts in French city

Anti-riot police have been deployed to Dijon following four nights of violence attributed to Chechen gangs seeking revenge against rival Arabs ...

Malia Bouattia

We need real solidarity, not Keir Starmer's empty gestures

Comment: Given Labour leader Keir Starmer's track record of complicity with repressive policing and state racism, taking a knee is an empty gesture, writes Malia Bouattia.

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ICC urges more Sudan war crimes suspects to surrender

The ICC called on Wednesday for Sudanese war crimes suspects to turn themselves in.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Cyprus welcomes first tourist flights since March

Nearly three months after lockdown, Cyprus has allowed its first tourist flights to take place.

The New Arab & agencies

Turkey claims healthcare 'transformation' helped vanquish Covid-19

Turkey claims a healthcare transformation helped suppress coronavirus cases.

UN envoy demands Israel abandon West Bank annexation plans

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UN envoy demands Israel abandon West Bank annexation plans

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to annex the Jordan Valley and Jewish settlements in the West Bank in line with US President ...

The New Arab

Aid deliveries to northeastern Syria dealt another heavy blow

UN relief agencies have been instructed to stop funding the work of private charities transporting instrumental medical equipment from Iraq into ...

EU countries considering sanctions if Israel annexes West Bank

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EU countries considering sanctions if Israel annexes West Bank

European officials will meet on Friday to discuss ways they could deter Israel’s annexation plans, including barring Israel from trade ...

The death of journalism in Yemen's war

A Yemeni journalist

The death of journalism in Yemen's war

The threat of execution has now become a potential punishment against journalists in Yemen, reflecting the deadly reality of reporting in the ...

New EU trade mechanism offers hope to pandemic-hit Iran

Sabena Siddiqui

New EU trade mechanism offers hope to pandemic-hit Iran

The recent launch of the EU's Iran-trading mechanism, Instex, offers hope to Tehran at a time when economic deadlock and the Covid-19 outbreak ...

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