First UN aid convoy enters Syria through new border after earthquake

On Monday, the UN and the Syrian government agreed to utilize two more crossings.

The second one is also near the Turkish border at al-Rai. The crossings would initially be open for three months, according to the UN.

On February 6 in the early morning hours while most people were still asleep, two strong earthquakes shook the south-eastern districts of neighboring Turkey.

Soon after the tremor, nations with cordial ties to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, like as Russia, Iran, and the United Arab Emirates, started flying supplies to government-controlled regions of Syria.

Nevertheless, until Thursday, the UN had not sent any relief through Turkey to the opposition-controlled north-west, where 4.1 million people already depended on it to survive.
Damage to the roads leading to the Bab al-Hawa crossing, which up until now was the sole land route the UN Security Council had authorized it to use, was attributed to the UN by this organization.

There would be no discrimination about who received aid, said Bassam al-Sabbagh, the Syrian ambassador to the UN, on Tuesday on BBC Radio 4’s World Tonight.

Additionally, he attributed the delay in opening new aid channels to the “terrorist opposition” that governs the northwest.

A hospital official was quoted by the Associated Press news agency as claiming that gunmen invaded a Syrian hospital on Monday night while it was caring for a baby girl who was born under the debris of her family’s earthquake-damaged home.

The official confirmed that the intruders assaulted the facility’s director but disputed social media rumors that they also attempted to abduct the infant called Aya.

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