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.
In an interview with Humanitarian and Emergency Relief Coordinator Marc Lowcock on the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the UN's $2 billion humanitarian response plan, the official appealed for an immediate ceasefire in the Middle East to ease the fight against Coronavirus.
The United Nations Security Council called for an immediate ceasefire in Idlib and for humanitarian corridors to be opened. The calls come after meetings between Turkish and Russian officials towards the implementation of a ceasefire failed, with Turkey threatening direct military action.
In an exclusive interview with Al-Monitor in northeast Syria, Gen. Mazlum Kobane speaks on a range of issues including prospects for reviving dialogue with Turkey, US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw US troops from Syria and the impact of Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani's killing in Iraq.
The UN says that it will seek billions of Dollars in additional aid for Syrian refugees. Syria has also become the world’s largest refugee crisis, with more than 5.6 million Syrians fleeing to Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Egypt.