UN Calls For “Immediate Ceasefire” In Syria To Facilitate Earthquake Aid
The United Nations’ head of rights called on Friday for an immediate ceasefire in Syria to help facilitate the delivery of aid to all victims of the devastating earthquake in the region.
“At this terrible time in Turkey and Syria, we call for urgent assistance to ALL those in need,” the United Nations human rights office said in a tweet.
“United Nations Human Rights Head Volker Turk called for an immediate ceasefire in Syria and full respect for human rights obligations and humanitarian law so that help can reach all. ,” it added.
The appeal comes as rescuers continue to search for survivors in the rubble of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Turkey and Syria on Monday, with the death toll. Now there are more than 22,000 people.
At least 3,377 people have died in Syria, where more than a decade of civil war and aerial bombardment between Syria and Russia have destroyed hospitals, collapsed the economy and caused power shortages. fuel and water.
The rebel-controlled areas of Syria near the Turkish border are in a particularly dire situation as they cannot receive aid from government-controlled areas in Syria without the permission of the rebels. Damascus.
At the same time, Bab al-Hawa – the only border crossing used to bring in life-saving aid from Turkey into conflict-torn Syria – has seen its operations disrupted by deadly earthquake.
Even before the earthquake, the United Nations had repeatedly emphasized the need to open more border crossings to make it easier for aid to pass through.
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