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    UNSC Renews Resolution on Facilitating Aid Delivery in Syria for Another Year

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    UN Security Council decides to renew resolution extending the facilitation of humanitarian aid delivery in and across Syria for another year, according to official statement.

    UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) — UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution on Wednesday extending the facilitation of humanitarian aid delivery in and across Syria for another year.

    "[UNSC] decides to renew the decisions in paragraphs two and three of Security Council resolution 2165 (2014) for a further period of twelve months, that is, until 10 January 2018," the resolution stated regarding the regime to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian assistance.

    The initial resolution allowed UN humanitarian agencies and their partners to utilize routes across conflict lines and border crossings at Bab al-Salam, Bab al-HAwa, Al Yarubiyah and Al-Tamtha, along with others, to ensure humanitarian assistance is delivered.

    It also established a mechanism to monitor the loading of all humanitarian relief consignments at relevant UN facilities with the consent of Syria’s relevant neighbor states.

    Syria has been in a state of civil war since 2011, with government forces fighting Syrian opposition groups striving to overthrow President Bashar Assad. Damascus is also fighting numerous extremist and terrorist groups such as the Jabhat Fatah al Sham and the Islamic State (ISIL or Daesh), both outlawed in Russia.

    On December 16, the Russian Defense Ministry's center for Syrian reconciliation said that the Syrian army operation to liberate the eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo was over, and that the Syrian government troops were eliminating separate hotbeds of militant resistance.

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