Daily Brief: Syria Condemns Riots in Brazil; UN Renews Cross-Border Aid

Damascus has condemned "acts of riots by subversive groups" in Brazil, while cross-border aid to Syria was renewed for 6 months by the United Nations Security Council. Your daily brief of the English-speaking press.

The state agency SANA has reported that Syria has condemned the acts of riots perpetrated by subversive groups in Brazil, affirming its solidarity with the elected government led by President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. “Syria condemns in the strongest terms the violent acts committed by rioters against governmental buildings in Brazil, and supports the steps and measures taken by the new President Lula to put an end to these acts, which completely contradict the values of democracy,” the Foreign Ministry said on its Twitter account. Supporters of now-former president Jair Bolsanero clashed on Sunday with the police in the country’s capital of Brasilia. They broke into the National Congress (parliament) buildings, the presidential palace and the Supreme Court.

The pan-Arab al-Monitor has reported that, by a vote of 15-0, the United Nations Security Council has renewed the provision of cross-border aid from the Turkish-Syrian border until the month of July. The UN faced a January 10th deadline to extend the operation that, since 2014, has allowed it and its partners to send food, medicine and other critical supplies into northwest Syria through the Bab al-Hawa crossing on the Syrian-Turkish border.

The opposition website Zaman al-Wasl had previously outlined, quoting the Associate Press, that a humanitarian convoy on Sunday delivered urgently needed supplies to Syria’s last rebel stronghold, a day before the U.N. Security Council is set to vote on a resolution that would determine whether aid deliveries to the war-stricken territory can continue.

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