The United Nations Security Council has agreed to renew Resolution 2165 for another six months, authorising the continuation of aid into Syria. For many displaced Syrians suffering from harsh winter conditions, the decision is a welcome respite, but the future remains unclear.
The UN Security Council was set to vote later on Friday on extending cross-border humanitarian aid to Syria, but Russia has been pushing for a reduction in aid that has set up a showdown with the West. The authorization for the aid, which enters the country without the formal permission of the regime in Damascus, has been in place since 2014 and is set to expire on Friday
Hayy'at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), the extremist rebel coalition that controls Syria's northwestern Idlib Province, is hindering the arrival of aid - all at the expense of up to 4 million people in the wider region.
Turkish Red Crescent official says aid staff are preparing tents for 90,000 people but expect many more to be 'ready to survive by themselves' if the Syrian government launches an offensive on Idlib, the last rebel-held province.