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Fact Sheet: United Nations cross-border operations from Jordan to Syria (in October 2017) [EN/AR]

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UN Security Council Resolutions 2165/2191/2258/2332

Through the unanimous adoption of resolutions 2165 (2014), 2191 (2014), 2258 (2015) and 2332 (2016) until 10 January 2018, 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 October, low level hostilities between the Government of Syria and opposition forces were reported for the third month of the de facto establishment of the South Western De-Escalation Area (DEA).

On 18 October, the ISIL-affiliated group Jaish Khaled Bin Al-Walid (JKBW) launched an offensive with the aim to advance in few strategic points controlled by the Armed Opposition Groups (AOGs) in Sheikh Saed, Hit, Masakin Jelin, Jabalieh, and Bekar location. The battle did not result in any significant change in the territorial control; therefore, no IDP movements were reported.

Humanitarian Response

During the month, the UN and their humanitarian partners continued their cross-border operations to meet the humanitarian needs in the south. As part of their contingency planning to respond to the potential non-renewal of UNSCR 2165 scenario, the sectors increased the prepositioning of humanitarian items in the south to ensure their longer sustainability.

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