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Humanitarian aid continues reaching Syria affected by earthquakes

Humanitarian aid continues reaching Syria affected by earthquakes

Damascus, Feb 18 (Prensa Latina) Those affected by the earthquakes that devastated Syria on February 6 continue to receive humanitarian assistance arriving by land and air from several countries.

According to the director of the Civil Aviation Company, Basem Mansour, 156 planes loaded with humanitarian aid for the victims landed at the airports of Damascus, Aleppo and Latakia.

Of these aircraft 63 landed at Damascus airport, 50 at Aleppo and 43 aircraft at Latakia; and 42 aircraft arrived from the United Arab Emirates.

Likewise, the arrival of convoys from neighboring countries continues, and today a caravan of 100 Iraqi trucks loaded with relief materials, food, medicines, fuel and ambulances entered the country. Similarly, seven vehicles carrying relief materials provided by the Jordanian government entered the country through the Nassib border crossing in the south of the country.

Two truckloads of dates from the United Arab Emirates also entered the country through the previous crossing. Meanwhile, a convoy of Yemeni humanitarian aid departed today from the headquarters of the Yemeni Embassy in Damascus to support those affected by the earthquake in the province of Latakia.

According to the authorities, 1,414 people lost their lives and 2,357 were injured, while 197,000 were left homeless as a result of the earthquakes that shook the country on February 6.

This official balance does not include the deaths in the areas outside government control in the provinces of Idlib and Aleppo, where activists and rescue teams has confirmed the death of 3,100 people, while Turkish authorities handed over 900 bodies of Syrian refugees who died in their territory.


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