UN chief: Syria agrees to allow earthquake relief through two border crossings.
In order to facilitate the prompt shipment of humanitarian goods, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has agreed to open the two border sites of Bab Al-Salam and Al Ra’ee from Turkey to north-western Syria for an initial term of 3 months, the UN chief stated while praising the move.
“Starting these crossings will enable more aid to flow in, quicker, along with enabling humanitarian access, quickening visa processes, and easing transit between hubs,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a statement.
Martin Griffiths, the UN’s top humanitarian official, met with the Syrian leader in Damascus on Monday. Bassam Sabbagh, Syria’s ambassador to the UN, also addressed the media after the Security Council met behind closed doors.
It is absolutely essential to providing food, health care, sanitation, shelter, winter materials, and other life-saving goods to all of the thousands of individuals who were affected by the disaster on February 6th.
Over 37,000 people were killed by a terrible earthquake that slammed Turkey and Syria a week ago. Since 2014, Turkey has been providing assistance to millions of individuals in need in the northwest of war-torn Syria, thanks to a Security Council authorization that was approved after the Syrian government protested the plan. However, there is only one crossing point that the UN is allowed to use.
The authority in Syria opposed the aid flows across the border because it saw them as an intrusion on its authority. According to Martin Griffiths, the head of the UN’s relief efforts, the death toll from the terrible earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria may reach 50,000.
Griffiths travelled to Kahramanmaras on Saturday, which is a city in Turkey and the centre of the initial 7.8-magnitude earthquake that rocked millions of people’s lives on Monday in the early morning hours.
A woman and a baby who was two months old were pulled from the rubble. Thousands of rescuers are still looking for survivors in the destroyed area, but the suffering of those who are left behind is getting worse because of the bitter cold. Stories of miraculous survival do, however, keep surfacing amid the desperation, loss, and destruction.