Southern Neighbourhood
Security and countering violence


Due to the repercussions of the Russian-Chinese veto, the renewal of the permit for the transit of humanitarian aid to Syria began to get prevented in a number of crossings. 

More than a month after the Bab Al-Salama crossing was closed in the face of UN humanitarian aid to northern Syria, a number of associations and non-governmental organizations warned of the logistical and human implications of the closure decision.

All United Nations logistics services are now confined to the Bab Al-Hawa crossing, on the Turkish border. Since last January, about 8.500 trucks have transported humanitarian aid, through the Bab Al-Salama and Bab Al-Hawa crossing points, to 4.3 million people in the northwest of the country, many of whom are displaced people living in camps or unstable housing.

The transfer of humanitarian aid via one road has led to delays in its arrival and overcrowding on this road, in addition to a problem in storage, as warehouses on the Bab Al-Hawa road cannot accommodate more goods than they were before the Bab Al-Salama crossing was closed. 

Therefore humanitarian workers fear that the occurrence of a deficiency within a few months. In addition, the road to Aleppo across the border is getting longer, and the United Nations estimates that the cost of storage and transportation contracts will increase by about 30% within two months.

On the other hand, the transportation of aid and goods is more complicated from the Bab al-Hawa crossing than was the case for safety, because Idlib governorate is ruled by many rebel or jihadist groups.