Find all of our live #SEISM here
10:47 p.m.: “If the regime is serious, if the regime is ready to speak out, then it would be a good thing for the Syrian people”
Washington is reacting to Damascus’ announcement that it would open two new border crossings between Turkey and northwestern Syria.
10:47 p.m .: Hundreds of thousands of people are homeless after the earthquake. The power grid and the drinking water network are often out of order. Beyond the staggering numbers of victims, the prospect of a major humanitarian and public health crisis looms.
10:47 p.m.: These two border crossings will be open for at least three months. In a statement, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres “welcomes” the Syrian regime’s decision to “open the two border crossings, Bab Al-Salam and Al Ra’ee, between Turkey and northwestern Syria for an initial period of three months”. Follow our lives.
10:30 p.m.: Bashar Al-Assad’s regime has agreed to open two new border crossings between Turkey and Syria. These crossings should allow for the delivery of humanitarian aid to the north-western areas of the country, which are not under its control. Only one border crossing, that of Bab Al-Hawa, is currently open.
10:24 p.m.: Damascus agrees to open two border crossings between Turkey and Syria for sending humanitarian aid, the UN announces.
9:15 p.m .: The earthquake could have consequences for the Turkish presidential election. According to researcher at the French Institute for International Relations (Ifri) Dorothée Schmid, the disaster has done President Recep Tayyip Erdogan “very impressive damage to his image” and “could postpone the presidential election by a year”.
9:08 p.m.: In Turkey, in the city of Hatay, a 19-year-old young man was stranded under the rubble for 63 hours. He managed to survive. A France 2 team met him, here is his testimony. See :
2:04 p.m.: A newborn baby was found alive under the rubble six days after the earthquake. Halit Ali Talha, 21 days old, was protected by the body of his mother who died when a building collapsed.
11:12 a.m.: Glimmers of hope continue to support rescuers’ morale. According to the Turkish press, seven more people were rescued alive from the rubble last night. Including a 3-year-old child and a 60-year-old woman.
12:54 p.m .: How can you help the Syrian population? Only one border crossing currently allows the rebel areas to be supplied from Turkey. Bashar Al-Assad is “open to the idea of considering cross-border access points,” said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus yesterday after meeting the Syrian president in Damascus.
12:55 p.m .: “So far we have failed the people of north-western Syria.”
The United Nations yesterday acknowledged shortcomings in the delivery of aid to war-torn areas of Syria. “They rightly feel that they have been let down” and it is now a matter of “correcting this omission as quickly as possible”.
12:00 p.m .: According to the latest official figures, the number of victims of the violent earthquake that hit Turkey and Syria on February 6 is 35,224, almost 32,000 of them on the Turkish side.
Also read Related Topics