UNITED NATIONS (UrduPoint News/Sputnik – September 21, 2022) Tensions between countries around the world could hamper efforts by humanitarian groups to access and deliver aid to people in conflict zones such as Syria, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), President Francesco Rocca told Sputnik.
“I think the main issue that is not just relevant to Syria, but relevant to many places around the world in these difficult times, is the risk of aid being politicized,” Rocca said.
Rocca said, with regard to Syria, their organization has always faced difficulties in accessing people in need in the country, but the IFRC has always negotiated this issue with several third parties involved in the conflict.
In July, the United Nations Security Council extended for six months a mechanism that facilitates life-saving cross-border aid deliveries into northwestern Syria from Turkey.
The mechanism was launched in 2014 and initially used four crossings to deliver aid to Syria, which was eventually reduced to just one crossing from Turkey. The cross-border mechanism allows the UN to provide aid to at least 4 million residents and displaced people in northwestern Syria, according to Amnesty International.