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The UN Security Council has on Saturday authorized for one year the cross-border humanitarian aid from Turkey into northwest Syria, UN News reported.

Updated resolution 2533 will allow the delivery of food, medicine and other lifesaving assistance through the Bab al-Hawa Border Crossing.

Germany, cosponsor of the resolution, expressed relief over the extension. “It is good news for millions of people in Syria that the Security Council was ultimately able to agree on our compromise proposal”, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said.

UN humanitarian officials cross from Turkey into Syria to assess the needs of displaced communities.

Along with co-penholders Germany and Belgium, voting in favor of the resolution were Estonia, France, Indonesia, Niger, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, South Africa, Tunisia, United Kingdom, United States and Vietnam.

Meanwhile, China, Dominican Republic, and Russia abstained.

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