Though the United States and allied countries are working to convince Russia to reopen a border crossing between Iraq and Syria to UN humanitarian aid, Moscow could not only refuse but block aid through other points.
A joint United Nations-Syrian Arab Red Crescent mission has arrived at the Rukban camp, near the Jordanian border, where more than 10,000 people are living in dire conditions, to ask them if they want to go back to the government-held area of Homs province.
According to the spokesperson for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Mustafa Bali, about 3,000 people, including large numbers of ISIS fighters, came out of Baghouz in eastern Syria through a humanitarian corridor.
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.
Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Falih announced that his country resumed oil exports via the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, amid Egyptian fears that a decrease in traffic in the popular shipping corridor could impact Suez Canal revenues.