Not much aid has been supplied to the people of North and East Syria by the United States, and powerful US Congressmen are taking notice.
The chairmen of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee, as well as the ranking members of the committees, sent a strongly-worded appeal to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, to ask that the US support humanitarian aid flows into North and East Syria to help it cope with the pandemic. The letter was signed by US Representatives Eliot Engel and Mike McCaul, as well as Senators James Risch and Robert Menendez. Together these four leaders represent the four most prominent Congresspersons on foreign affairs, and head committees that oversee the US Department of State.
The letter asks that US diplomats make a concentrated effort to lobby international institutions for the re-opening of the Yaroubiyah border crossing for humanitarian aid, which was closed in December after Russia vetoed an annual renewal of the humanitarian aid crossing in the UN Security Council. It also asks that US diplomats work toward more border crossings, and push UN agencies to fund more humanitarian aid for Syria.
The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) of Iraq is so far the only entity to provide meaningful aid to the AANES, according to a statement by the AANES Health Commission on May 6, 2020. The KRG provided four PCR testing machines, necessary equipment for testing a patient for COVID-19. The KRG also provided additional supplemental equipment and trained AANES health workers and personnel on equipment use and testing procedures.
The US military, on behalf of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, provided $1.2 million in equipment, including some personal protective equipment (PPE) to the SDF and detention facility personnel. US Central Command announced these provisions in a statement on April 4, 2020. The shipment also included protective riot shields and baton weapons for detention facility guards. The statement did not indicate how much of the $1.2 million was designated for PPE, and how much was designated for riot gear and weapons for guards.
Russia has been insistent that humanitarian aid flow through the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad, but the Syrian government provides little to no aid, medical assistance, governance, oversight, or control over North and East Syria.
The WHO has not yet provided any aid to North and East Syria, and has refused any help that does not come through Syrian government.