For the first time in three years, Cross-border aid convoy arrives in northern Syria.

The first eight trucks of a UN humanitarian convoy have arrived in northern Syria, having crossed from Turkey. The trucks – carrying food, blankets, mattresses, family kits, hygiene kits, medicines and medical supplies – are being unloaded at UN warehouses in Qamishli, in Syria’s far north-east.

Four UN agencies are taking part in the convoy with the support of OCHA: the World Food Programme (WFP), the UN Refugee Agency, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the World Health Organization (WHO), along with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).

The convoy demonstrates the impact of UN Security Council Resolution 2139. The resolution articulated the requirement for both cross-border and cross-line access to the millions of Syrian civilians whose lives, homes and communities have been shattered by this long and terrible conflict.

Nigel Fisher, Regional Humanitarian Coordinator, speaking on behalf of the humanitarian agencies, expressed his appreciation for the approvals given by Turkey and Syria.

“The opportunity to start the dispatch of a convoy of 79 trucks through the Nusaybin/Qamishli border is a sign of progress,” Mr Fisher said.

“We are encouraged by this development.”

Syria is in constant pain

“It is imperative that humanitarian assistance be provided on a massive scale to Syrian civilians in need, many of whom are children, traumatized by loss and the destruction of the very fabric of their lives,” continued Mr. Fisher.

“More border crossings have to be opened so that United Nations agencies and partners can reach Syrians purely on the basis of their humanitarian needs.”  “With each day that passes, more Syrian civilians suffer and die needlessly,” he said.

Convoys’ permissions to enter are only based on the need for them.