Major UN aid operation for 650,000 gets underway across Syria-Jordan border

December 12, 2018 Off By Web Desk

Amman � The United Nations began a four-week operation on Sunday, delivering lifesaving assistance to hundreds of thousands of Syrians in desperate need, from across the border in neighboring Jordan.

According to UN News, an estimated 369 trucks carrying over 11,200 metric tons of aid for over 650,000 people will be involved in the special aid operation at the Jaber-Nassib crossing with Jordan, which only re-opened in October.

Six UN agencies and one international non-governmental organization (NGO) are participating in back-to-back transshipment deliveries that will provide one-month supplies.

UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Jordan Anders Pedersen called it a major logistical operation to mitigate the Syrian people’s suffering.

We greatly appreciate the cooperation of the Jordanian authorities for their full support and commitment in making this a reality, he stated.

The last cross-border operation to Syria from Jordan under UN Resolution 2393, passed in the Security Council, was on 25 June. However, with the Syrian government retaking control of its southern border in July, this exceptional aid delivery falls outside the mandate of that resolution.

Syrians urgently need food, shelter, water, medical care, livelihood and sanitation. We are working closely with our UN partners inside Syria to ensure this assistance reaches those who need it most, Pedersen said.

Source: International Islamic News Agency