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Fact Sheet: United Nations cross-border operations from Jordan to Syria (in January 2018) [EN/AR]

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UN Security Council Resolutions 2165/2191/2258/2332/2393

Through the unanimous adoption of resolutions 2165 (2014),and its subsequent renewals 2191 (2014), 2258 (2015) , 2332 (2016) and 2393 (2017) until 10 January 2019, the UN Security Council has authorized UN agencies and their partners to use routes across conflict lines and the border crossings at Bab al-Salam, Bab al-Hawa (Turkey - Syria), Al Yarubiyah (Iraq - Syria) and Al-Ramtha (Jordan - Syria) to deliver humanitarian assistance, including medical and surgical supplies, to people in need in Syria.

The government of Syria is notified in advance of each shipment and a UN monitoring mechanism has been established to oversee loading in neighboring countries and confirm the humanitarian nature of consignments.

Sector Classifications

Food: food baskets Shelter/NFI: dignity kits, blankets, jerry cans, kitchen sets, sleeping mats, mattresses, winterization kits, tarpaulins, tents

WASH: basic water kits for families, water purification tablets, hygiene kits for families and babies, sanitary napkins, diapers

Health: emergency health kits, surgical kits, reproductive health kits, midwifery kits, medical consumables

Education: learning materials Nutrition: supplementary spreads

Potential Gaps

During January, the De-Escalation Agreement (DEA) in southern Syria continued without a formal agreement. Sporadic shelling in certain areas with artillery, heavy fire and mortars have been reported. In addition, IEDs continue to be used to target Armed Opposition Groups (AOGs) leaders and fighters. Several clashes broke out during the reporting period between AOGs, resulting in the temporary displacement of a number of families, especially in Ankhel city.

On 28 January, the AOGs closed off roads linking north-western and south-western areas of Dar’a, and prevented civilians and local NGOs from accessing this area for a limited period of 24 hours due to the ongoing clashes between Jaish Khalid Bin Waleed (JKBW) and AOGs.

Humanitarian Response During the month, the UN and their humanitarian partners have continued cross border operation to meet humanitarian needs in the south, however Shelter including winterization items continued to be the highest priority to respond to the cold weather faced by the civilians in the south.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
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