United Nations Security Council is set to continue crucial cross-border aid to millions of people in northwestern Syria, after days of wrangling with Russia over the huge operation.
The fifteen-member Security Council is expected to vote on the draft resolution for a six-month extension put forward by Ireland and Norway and echoing a Russian text.
The operation to deliver food, medicine and shelter to the opposition-controlled area of Syria began in twenty-fourteen but has expired.
The United States, France and the United Kingdom have argued six months is not long enough for aid groups to plan and operate effectively, but a proposal for a one-year extension, which was supported by thirteen council members and vetoed by Russia on Friday.
However, Russia says the UN aid operation violates Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and that more assistance should be delivered from inside the country.