Human chain protest to keep Syria aid crossing open
Aid organisations fear that Russia, a staunch ally of the Damascus regime, might block a United Nations Security Council vote to renew it for a year.
Wassim Bakir, from Syrian charity Banafsaj, said if cross border aid was blocked it would be a "humanitarian catastrophe".
Men and women lined up along a key highway leading to Bab al-Hawa, through which international organisations ferry in vital aid to the Idlib region.
Some three million people live in the jihadist-dominated region, more than half displaced by Syria's decade-long conflict.
"Closing Bab al-Hawa... means cutting off medicines and food for millions of civilians," another sign read.
For the past year, international organisations have been able to bring in medicine, food, blankets and Covid-19 vaccines through Bab al-Hawa without having to transit through Damascus.
Ireland and Norway, non-permanent members of the UN Security Council, have presented a draft resolution to keep the Bab al-Hawa crossing open for another year.