Ongoing closure of al-Yarubiyah crossing exacerbates IDPS situation in Syria’s northeast

RAQQA, Syria (North Press) – The continued closure of al-Yarubiyah crossing (Tel Kojer) the exacerbates humanitarian situation for hundreds of thousands of displaced people in northeast Syria, an official in the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES) said on Saturday.

The closure of al-Yarubiyah Crossing (Tel Kojer) continues and this prevents the entry of humanitarian aid, which puts humanitarian pressure on the displaced in the Autonomous Administration areas, whose officials have repeatedly called for the need to reopen the closed crossing for more than two years.

Background: Tel Kojer crossing, which is located on the Syrian-Iraqi border, was closed after the veto of Moscow and Beijing in the UN Security Council in early 2020.

“Ignoring the humanitarian situation of hundreds of thousands of displaced people increases the burden of humanitarian disaster  for them as a result of the closure of the crossing,” Sheikhmous Ahmed, head of the IDPs and Refugees Affairs Office in the Autonomous Administration, said.

Northeast Syria has dozens of official and random camps that house hundreds of thousands of displaced people from various Syrian regions who were negatively and directly affected after the decision to close the crossing, according to Ahmed.

 “It would have been better for the political decisions to avoid interfering in humanitarian affairs and ways to provide aid to those affected by the war, but what happened after the closure of the Yarubiyah crossing proved the opposite,” he told North Press.

According to Ahmad, the Autonomous Administration spares no effort in calling the countries concerned with the Syrian issue, the Security Council and the United Nations regarding the need to reopen the crossing.

Most of the foreign delegations visiting northeast Syria are aware of effects of closing al-Yarubiyah crossing on the humanitarian issue and the issue of the displaced, he said.

Reporting by Ammar Abdullatif