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Turkey-Syria earthquake dying toll passes 22,000

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad visits neighborhoods impacted by the earthquake within the northern metropolis of Aleppo, Syria, on February 10. (-/AFP/Getty Photos)

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad criticized Western international locations in his first televised feedback because the 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck components of the nation 5 days in the past, Syrian state media confirmed.

Assad and his spouse, Asma, visited totally different websites affected by the earthquake and visited survivors at a hospital in Aleppo, photos on state-run information company SANA confirmed.

Standing close to a constructing destroyed by the earthquake, Assad informed reporters that Western international locations “don’t have any regard for the human situation.” This remark is in keeping with statements heard from authorities officers and Syria’s state-run media, who’ve pinned the shortage of humanitarian help and hindered rescue tools on US and EU sanctions.

The US says its sanctions usually are not imposed on humanitarian efforts, and on Friday, the US Treasury issued a “Normal License” for 180 days, which authorizes all earthquake relief-related transactions in any other case prohibited by sanctions laws. The Syrian International Ministry referred to as this a measure a method to present a “false impressions of humanity,” SANA stated.

Keep in mind: Virtually 11 million individuals have been affected by the catastrophe in Syria, the UN stated. The dying toll in Syria stands at the least 3,384, together with 2,037 in rebel-held areas within the northwest, in response to the “White Helmets” civil protection group – and 1,347 deaths in government-controlled components of Syria, in response to Syrian state media. Greater than 5,000 individuals have been injured throughout all affected territories, in response to authorities.

The supply of pressing provides to quake-hit areas of northern Syria has been complicated by a long-running civil war between opposition forces and Assad’s authorities, who’s accused of killing his personal individuals. Syrian International Minister Faisal Mekdad says any help it receives should undergo the capital Damascus.

That leaves rebel-held areas reliant on help teams together with the UN, who has solely been capable of ship two convoys since Monday, which is starkly totally different to Turkey, the place 70 international locations and 14 worldwide organizations have promptly provided groups of rescuers, donations and help as of Thursday.

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