The Syrian government allows the delivery of aid goods throughout the country after the earthquake

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Temporary tents for those displaced by the earthquake in Jindayris, Syria, February 9, 2023. Photo: AFP/VNA

The Vietnam News Agency correspondent in the Middle East quoted the above source as saying that the Syrian government had approved the decision to transport humanitarian aid to all parts of the country, including areas beyond the control of the government. Aid will be distributed with the support of the United Nations (UN), the Syrian Red Crescent and the International Red Cross to ensure it reaches the right people in need.

The Syrian government also announced that it would establish a fund to restore areas in Syria that were severely affected by the devastating earthquake that struck early on February 6 in neighboring Turkey. These areas include Lattakia, Hama, Aleppo and Idlib, all of which are beyond the control of the Syrian government. In addition, affected areas will also receive all donations and relief goods from outside. However, it is not clear whether opposition groups in Syria will approve the shipment of aid to these areas.

According to updated data as of early this morning in Vietnam, the number of people killed in both Syria and Turkey in the earthquake on February 6 has increased to more than 24,000 people. In addition, at least 870,000 people in both countries are in need of food subsidies and essential necessities amid the harsh winter cold. According to UN estimates, there are about 5.3 million homeless in Syria. The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights called for an immediate ceasefire in the country to allow aid to reach the people. Meanwhile, the UN Security Council is scheduled to meet on Syria next week.

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