(ANSA) – ROME, FEBRUARY 19 – A Doctors Without Borders (MSF) humanitarian convoy, consisting of 14 trucks, entered Syria today from neighboring Turkey. “However – the NGO warns in a note – an urgent increase in aid is needed: in the ten days after the earthquake, the number of trucks crossing the border was lower than the 2022 average.”
The MSF convoy, which entered through the Hammam border post in the northwest, carried 1,296 tents for families (minimum 5 people) made homeless by the earthquake, as well as winter gear to insulate them from the cold. More MSF aid convoys with medical and non-medical supplies are expected in the coming days.
“We emptied our emergency supplies in three days and donated nearly 12 tons (4,000 cubic meters) of surgical equipment and medicines to hospitals. Our teams supported health facilities in the region until supplies ran out,” said Hakim Khaldi, MSF director Operation in Syria. “But we haven’t seen any outside help. Aid is coming in negligible amounts at the moment.”
However, MSF warns that an urgent increase in aid supplies is needed to deal with the scale of the humanitarian crisis. (HAND).
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