Human Rights Watch: Aid shipments to North and East Syria should be resumed immediately

NEW YORK – On Tuesday, Human Rights Watch (HRW) called for the resumption of medical aid deliveries to northeastern Syria and called on the U.N. Security Council and Syrian government in Damascus to end the restrictions on the delivery of aid and supplies to the region immediately.

Jerry Simpson, Co-Director of the Conflict and Crisis Division at HRW said that as the number of COVID-19 infections increases, global and regional leaders must quickly act to allow supplies and medical personnel to reach those most in need in northeastern Syria.

HRW stressed the need for the Security Council to reverse its January decision to only allow the transfer of U.N. aid supplies through the Syria–Turkey border, ceasing the delivery of aid from Jordan and Iraq.

HRW also called on the Syrian government in Damascus to remove the restrictions it has placed on aid to the Democratic Autonomous Administration (DAA) areas in North and East Syria and allow for the free flow of supplies and medical personnel.

According to United Nations, no medical convoy has crossed from Damascus to the northeastern regions of the country since 2019.