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May 12, 2021

UN Security Council passes Syria aid resolution

Hoping to ease suffering in Syria’s besieged cities, the UN Security Council unanimously passed a resolution to boost access for humanitarian aid, CNN reports.
All 15 Security Council member states approved the resolution, including Russian and China which had balked in the past.
The document calls for an end to violence, including the use of barrel bombs, and condemns al Qaeda-affiliated terror attacks.
The council strongly condemned Syrian authorities for widespread violations of humanitarian law and urged all parties to lift sieges of populated areas, including in Aleppo, Damascus and Homs.
“This resolution holds the promise of something real,” U.S. Secretary John Kerry said in a statement.
“But these steps are only first steps. The test is whether the words of the Security Council are matched with the life-saving actions the Syrian people so desperately and urgently need,” Kerry said. The resolution does not call for any sanctions or punishment and only refers to “further steps” should it not be implemented.

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