AANES Aid Convoys Still Waiting For Okay to Cross into Northwest Syria

RAQQA, Syria (North Press) – An official of the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES) said on Sunday that the aid sent to earthquake victims in northwest Syria was still awaiting approval to pass into the region.

Since February 8, the AANES has attempted to deliver aid to earthquake-afflicted areas in the northwest of the country. Aid convoys are still stranded at the Umm Jloud crossing, between the AANES and Turkish-backed opposition factions, and at the al-Tayiha crossing, between the AANES and the Syrian government.  

The convoy to opposition-held areas includes supplies and 30 oil tankers.

The Co-chair of the AANES Media Office, Jiwan Malla Ibrahim, said that the two humanitarian aid convoys have yet to receive the okay to cross into either area.

Malla Ibrahim said the two convoys are still at Umm Jloud and al-Tayiha, waiting for the other parties to allow them to cross into northwest Syria and the city of Aleppo, respectively.

“No response has been given,” Malla Ibrahim noted, adding that the AANES has contacted the other parties via mediators.

On February 9, the Co-chair of the AANES Abed Hammed al-Mihbash said that obstructions were put in place by other parties for the delivery of aid by the AANES to areas hit by the earthquake.

Al-Mihbash demanded the other parties “Not politicize the issue and cooperate under humanitarian terms and put political differences aside.”

Reporting by Fatima Khaled