Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Politics

US to provide more than $800M in new humanitarian assistance to Syria

“This war has been going on for 10 years and ordinary Syrians are suffering. People are starving. Medical supplies are not getting through. The US is the largest humanitarian donor across the board. And this is a core value for the United States to support people in need, wherever they are,” Thomas-Greenfield told CNN exclusively.

The new funding — the largest amount the US has ever donated at this Syria conference in Brussels — comes as the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine also continues to grow, with millions of refugees fleeing the country due to Russia’s invasion.

“The assistance to Syria will not in any way be affected by what we’re doing in Ukraine. And this pledge we’re making shows that,” Thomas-Greenfield said.

There are mounting concerns about keeping open the Bab al-Hawa border crossing from Turkey to Syria, which is the single border crossing that is now open for humanitarian aid. A UN Security Council resolution to keep it open for a year will expire in July. The topic of this border crossing will be front and center at the UN Security Council in the months ahead.

Thomas-Greenfield on Tuesday called for that crossing to remain open, given the life-saving support it enables. She also called for expanded access to Syria for humanitarian support.

“This is a matter of life and death,” she said at the conference.

It is unclear if Russia — which has resisted keeping open border crossings into Syria in the past — will support keeping the crossing open this time.

“We think it’s in Russia’s interest to keep that border crossing open,” Thomas-Greenfield told CNN, “because otherwise you’re going to have millions of people starve to death in Syria. And they’re inside and the Syrian regime is responsible as well. That border crossing provides essential medicines, food, water for Syrians, not just at the border but deep inside of Syria as well.”

Thomas-Greenfield said that the US has supported assistance coming from Syrian controlled parts of Syria into other parts of the country this year but reiterated that the border crossing needs to remain open.

“We’ve also supported in our negotiations with the Russians last year, that we would support cross-line humanitarian assistance. Humanitarian assistance coming from the Syrian controlled parts of Syria into the other parts of Syria. That has worked somewhat this past year, but can’t replace the cross-border assistance,” she said.

When it comes to Russia’s involvement in the Ukraine war and the Syrian War, Thomas-Greenfield also said that Moscow’s move to put the “Butcher of Syria” Alexander Dvornikov in command of Russia’s assault on Ukraine is another example of Russian brutality. She added that the fact that he is still allegedly committing war crimes is “certainly something that the world has to address moving forward.”

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You May Also Like

Politics

Biden plans to observe a joint airspace control center where members of the US and South Korean militaries work alongside each other to monitor...

Politics

But what is actually happening? How is this different from the way things were handled in the past? And what could happen next? Here’s...

Politics

The 3rd US Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia ruled Friday that undated ballots should be counted in a November 2021 election for a...

Politics

Cassidy Hutchinson was subpoenaed to appear in front of the committee on Tuesday. It was her third session answering the panel’s questions. The source...

Politics

Perhaps more surprisingly as we head into the heart of the primary season, the same is true when it comes to gender. Even after...

Politics

Haaland told the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources that her agency plans to release a proposal for its next five-year plan for...

Politics

The report, dubbed by the Biden administration as the first study of firearms trafficking in more than 20 years, was issued days after a...

Politics

A first-time candidate and the most formidable of Greene’s five primary opponents, Strahan has the backing of the Republican Jewish Coalition PAC and the...