Today, 3 Egyptian planes and a second Emirati plane arrived at Damascus International Airport, loaded with humanitarian and relief aid, medical materials and tents to help those affected by the earthquake that struck Syria.
The Minister of Local Administration and Environment, Eng. Hussein Makhlouf, said in a statement from Damascus Airport: “We thank the Arab Republic of Egypt, the leadership, government and people, and we say to them: The Syrian people never forget everyone who gives them a helping hand, especially in these circumstances that the country is going through as a result of the devastating earthquake.” who hit her.”
Makhlouf added: “Rescue efforts are the first priority, then providing medical assistance and hospitalization for the injured and sheltering those who left their homes to provide them with everything necessary in full, in addition to auditing the structural integrity of the houses that were cracked, and all this in the context of integration between all ministries and state institutions.” And between the efforts of the local community, organizations and federations, in addition to the support that the Syrian Arab Republic received from brothers and friends, which expresses the status of the Syrian people and the Syrian state in those countries.
Makhlouf explained that the available capabilities are being invested with the maximum capacity through the operating rooms, whether central or sub-in the governorates, indicating that at every moment there are new additional capabilities that speed up the process of removing the rubble to extract those trapped under it, and we always affirm that the calamities bring the people together and everyone takes the initiative.
Earlier today, Egypt announced sending military planes loaded with urgent medical aid to Syria.
The head of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, Eng. Khaled Hboubati, said: We thank the brotherly country of the Emirates for its permanent assistance to the Syrian Arab Republic, which is one of the Arab countries distinguished for us in aid, pointing out that the Emirates Red Crescent has not cut off any assistance from the Syrian Arab Red Crescent since the pandemic ( Covid 19) and continues to provide assistance to the Syrian government and the victims of the devastating earthquake among the Syrian people.
Habbouti considered that this disaster is national, and we are ready for all possibilities. We thank the UAE government and the Emirati people for their efforts to help those affected, expressing hope that the aid that Syria receives will break the blockade and the economic sanctions imposed on it.
For his part, the representative of the Emirates Red Crescent offered condolences to the families of the earthquake victims, wishing recovery for the wounded and for those trapped under the rubble to be recovered, pointing out that the UAE leadership represented by Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed, Chairman of the Emirates Red Crescent Authority, called for standing with our brothers in Syria to deliver humanitarian and relief aid to the affected people. In the governorates hit by the earthquake, indicating that other shipments will arrive in Syria in the coming days.
The first Emirati plane landed at Damascus airport loaded with 10 tons of food aid, bringing the total value of relief aid provided by the UAE to 105 tons for the people affected by the earthquake that hit the governorates of Latakia, Tartous and Hama, claiming many lives and thousands of wounded.
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