WHO warns of ‘humanitarian catastrophe’ in Syria if no cross-border aid renewal

An aerial view shows tents at a camp for internally displaced people in northern Idlib, Syria,

Failure to renew a cross-border aid operation into Syria which expires next month could result in a new “humanitarian catastrophe” for the country’s rebel-held region in the northwest, a World Health Organization spokesman said on Friday.

Christian Lindmeier told a Geneva news briefing that a failure of the U.N. Security Council to renew the mandate for another year on July 10 would make it impossible to deliver vaccines to the region, including COVID-19 vaccines.

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