13 Feb. (EUROPA PRESS) –
The Syrian government has opened the Bab al Salam and Al Raee border crossings for a period of three months to facilitate the entry of humanitarian aid into the country.
The UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, has announced in a statement the measure adopted by Damascus in a statement stressing that it will allow access to the victims of the earthquake that has left more than 40,000 victims on both sides of the border.
These crossings are located on the Turkey-Syria border, in northwestern Syria. “While the death toll from the earthquake on February 6 continues to rise, the delivery of food, health, nutritional, protection, shelter, winter supplies and other vital products to the millions of people affected is the main urgency,” Guterres stressed. .
The opening of these border crossings to facilitate humanitarian access, speed up the approval of visas and facilitate movement between logistics centers will allow more aid to enter and faster, the UN official highlighted.
The latest official balance of Turkish fatalities rises to 31,634 those killed by the earthquakes, while in Syria the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has reported 9,300 deaths, for which they now exceed 40,000 in total.