Syrians affected by deadly earthquake need more of ‘absolutely everything:’ UN envoy
Syrians impacted by the deadly earthquake that struck their country and Turkey on Monday need “more of absolutely everything” in terms of aid, the United Nations’ special envoy Geir Pedersen said on Thursday.
The UN had been assured the first assistance would cross from Turkey into Syria on Thursday, he told a briefing in Geneva, calling for assurances that there would be no political hindrances to getting aid to where it was most needed.
For the latest headlines, follow our Google News channel online or via the app.
The convoy entered Syria at the Bab al-Hawa crossing, the sources said. Turkish authorities said they would open other crossing points in two days if security was sound.
The UN has described Bab al-Hawa as a “lifeline” for accessing the opposition-controlled area of Syria, where it says some 4 million people - many displaced by the country’s 12-year conflict there - were already relying on humanitarian assistance before the quake struck.
The deadly quake struck on Monday night and was followed by powerful aftershocks. The death toll from it neared 16,000 on Thursday as frustration simmered over the slow delivery of aid.
Turkey earthquake: Saudi rescue, medic teams arrive to help in recovery efforts
Twitter access restored in Turkey after talks between company, Turkish authorities
Ronaldo jersey auctioned off by Turkish player Demiral to support earthquake victims
Turkey earthquake: Saudi rescue, medic teams arrive to help in recovery effortsSaudi rescue and medic teams arrived in Turkey’s Adana on Thursday after King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman directed operating an air ... Saudi Arabia
After fleeing war in Gaza, entire Palestinian family dies in Turkey’s earthquakeTwelve years ago, Abdel-Karim Abu Jalhoum fled war and poverty in the Palestinian territory of Gaza for safety in Turkey.On Monday, the massive ... Middle East
Turkey’s President Erdogan arrives to earthquake-hit regionTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave an update on the casualty figures during a visit to Kahramanmaras, a southern Turkish city at the ... Middle East