Foreign Policy: With Russia, Turkey, al-Assad's help, UN denies NE Syria aid

The American Foreign Policy Magazine said that the "humanitarian" bodies of the United Nations (UN), with the assistance of Russia, Turkey and the Syrian government, deprived the residents of northeast Syria of any aid in light of the Coruna outbreak.

The American magazine affirmed that international organizations cut aid to the poor and needy people in the north and east of Syria during the crisis of the outbreak of the Corona virus (Covid 19).

It pointed out that under pressure from Russia, the main ally of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the United Nations relief agencies issued instructions to stop funding the relief program across the Iraqi border into northern and eastern Syria, which dealt a blow to the international efforts to respond to the Corona outbreak according to diplomatic and relief sources and secret directions from the United Nations.

A report issued by the magazine recently confirmed that "the United Nations informed its relief agencies several weeks ago that it was not allowed to fund private charities operating in northern and eastern Syria unless they were registered in Damascus and were authorized to work there by the Syrian government which demonstrated its unwillingness or inability to meet the health needs for the region."

This gives the Syrian government a veto to help northeast Syria to use it as a weapon against the population of the region. Turkey and Russia have also cooperated in this effort, as Turkey has deprived 460,000 people in northeast Syria of water.

The report indicates that the dictatorships and regimes that violate human rights are the ones that control the international aid, as those regimes send aid through the associated charities and use them to enable only those loyal to them, marginalizing others

The World Health Organization (WHO) has also stopped supporting northern and eastern Syria, an area where millions of people suffered from ISIS atrocities. WHO works with the Syrian government only instead of providing equal access of aid on the Syrian land divided by conflict.

The report says: "It has now become clear that people in northern and eastern Syria are increasingly isolated by the superpowers that want them to stop working with the United States or they would be under the control of Turkey or al-Assad regime backed by Russia."

The report indicates that the UN Security Council "worked under pressure from Russia to close the humanitarian aid center with a mandate from the United Nations on January 10th at Al-Yarobiyya "Tel Koçer" crossing on the Syrian-Iraqi border, and this is what deprived the United Nations of an express legal mandate to operate in that region."

The magazine says that Russia, Iran and Turkey want the United States to leave eastern Syria for several reasons:

The Syrian regime wants the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to be disbanded and become part of the Syrian regime, Russia and Iran want the United States to leave eastern Syria, and Turkey which works closely with Russia and Iran wants SDF to leave the area, as Turkey invaded part of eastern Syria last year and sent extremist groups to attack the civilians.

According to the American magazine, the Corona epidemic made matters worse through desperate attempts to obtain medical support, as the authorities in northeast Syria complained that the WHO did not inform them of the man infected with Corona in Qamishlo, and the WHO informed the Humanitarian Affairs Coordination Office, but it took another week to inform the local authorities.

On May 7th, Turkey and the extremists it supports in northern Syria cut off water to 460,000 people in northern and eastern Syria, and Turkey and the Syrian government agree to try to impose suffering on the local population, isolate them and ensure that they do not receive any assistance.

The Foreign Policy confirmed that the way the United Nations works denies the people who are not loyal to the Syrian government receiving any assistance in Syria, for example the United Nations World Food Program sent United Nations-supported aid to the city run by the Syrian government off Deir ez-Zor while it was under ISIS blockade between 2015 and 2017 by dropping that aid by air according to its website; however, the United Nations did not do this with the residents of northern and eastern Syria in al-Raqqa, Qamishlo, Kobane, Idlib, the refugee camps or areas outside the Syrian government' control.

The Foreign Policy's report indicates that the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has already requested the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs to consider the legality of providing relief to the people whom the Syrian government does not want to help.

The experts concluded that "the United Nations can only fund the agencies registered and approved by the Syrian government," and this means that the Syrian government can decide whoever gets the aid and can discriminate against those it does not like for political, ethnic, or religious reasons.

It seems that this contradicts all the speeches published by the United Nations and its various human rights organizations on the access to health care.

The Syrian government suspended aid to northern and eastern Syria and stipulated that it be sent only to the areas it wanted. The government wants to cut aid to isolate the areas in eastern Syria to bring them to the negotiations table.

The American anti-ISIS coalition led by Washington has tried to do everything possible to help northern and eastern Syria and to achieve stability after the ISIS stage, as some limited support has been provided with regard to electricity generation.

 


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