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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad known as Monday for worldwide assist for reconstruction within the quake-struck nation throughout a gathering with United Nations reduction chief Martin Griffiths, the presidency stated.

After greater than a decade of struggle, Assad’s authorities stays a pariah within the West, complicating worldwide efforts to help these affected by the quake.

Assad “confused the significance of worldwide efforts targeted on serving to to rebuild infrastructure in Syria,” the assertion stated.

Greater than 35,000 individuals had been killed in Syria and Turkey after the tremor struck each nations on February 6, together with greater than 3,500 in Syria, officers and rescuers stated.

Damascus typically blames its monetary woes on Western sanctions imposed within the wake of the 2011 battle, that started with the brutal repression of peaceable protests and escalated to drag in overseas powers and world jihadists.

Regardless of the sanctions, government-controlled components of the nation obtain worldwide assist by UN businesses, lots of which have headquarters in Damascus.

Griffiths additionally met Monday with Syrian International Minister Faisal Mekdad in Damascus after visiting government-controlled Aleppo, the place greater than 200,000 individuals have been left homeless by the earthquake, based on the World Well being Group.

He informed reporters in Aleppo that the UN was trying to increase cash for the organisations serving to Syrians address the catastrophe.

“The appeals that may exit within the subsequent day or so — one for Syria, one for Turkiye -— will cowl about three months of the humanitarian wants,” he stated.

Support has been sluggish to reach in Syria, the place almost 12 years of battle have ravaged the healthcare system, and components of the nation stay beneath the management of rebels battling Assad’s authorities.

Griffiths admitted Sunday that the UN had “to date failed the individuals in northwest Syria”.

Earlier than the earthquake struck, virtually the entire humanitarian assist for the greater than 4 million individuals dwelling in rebel-controlled areas of northwestern Syria was being delivered from Turkey by the Bab al-Hawa crossing.

Support supply by Bab al-Hawa was interrupted by the quake however has since resumed, and calls to open different crossings are multiplying.

On Sunday, the top of the World Well being Group additionally met Assad and stated that he had voiced openness to extra border crossings for assist to be dropped at quake victims within the nation’s rebel-held northwest.

As much as 5.3 million individuals in Syria might have been made homeless by the devastating earthquake which rocked the area, based on the UN.


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