Under HTS Protection, UN Aid Convoy Enters Idleb from Regime Territory

A humanitarian aid convoy of several trucks, loaded with UN relief packages, passed from regime-controlled into HTS-controlled areas in northwestern Syria on Thursday, according to Baladi News.

A humanitarian aid convoy of several trucks, loaded with UN relief packages, passed from Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS)-controlled into opposition-controlled areas in northwestern Syria on Thursday.

According to Baladi News’ anonymous sources, a WFP humanitarian aid convoy entered the Idleb governorate in northwestern Syria on Thursday morning. The aid convoy had a military escort and protection from HTS.

The convoy entered from the al-Tarnabah village crossing near Saraqib city in the eastern Idleb countryside. It then headed towards the warehouses of humanitarian organizations in rural Idleb, according to the sources.

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The convoy consists of 14 trucks loaded with some 12,000 relief baskets, which will be unloaded in UN relief depots in the Bab al-Hawa area, in the northern Idleb governorate. From there, the baskets will be distributed later by UN program partner organizations to civilians, the sources said.

The sources pointed out that this is the second time that UN humanitarian assistance has entered Idleb through regime-controlled areas in 2021.

On August 30th, a convoy of 15 humanitarian aid trucks entered Idleb from the Syrian regime-controlled city of Aleppo. This first-time event, which occurred in two batches over consecutive days, ran from the Miznaz crossing, which is located near the northern countryside of Maarat al-Naasan in northern rural Idlib.

The convoy’s entry provoked angry reactions from citizens and activists in northwestern Syria. They perceive the convoy as a dangerous development in the political interests of the regime and Russia on the international stage.


This article was translated and edited by The Syrian Observer. The Syrian Observer has not verified the content of this story. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.


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