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Syria-Turkiye border crossing reopens after earthquake, Syrian opposition says

February 8, 2023 at 7:47 pm

Personnel and civilians conduct search and rescue operations in Idlib, Syria after 7.7 and 7.6 magnitude earthquakes hits Turkiye’s Kahramanmaras, on February 07, 2023 [Muhammed Said/Anadolu Agency]

Three border crossings into north-west Syria from southern Turkiye have reopened on Wednesday following negotiations between Turkish authorities and members of the Syrian opposition, local media reports.

According to the report, the reopening of the three crossings comes three days after a deadly earthquake rocked Turkiye and Syria.

“After extensive calls with the Turkish government, aid was allowed to enter from Bab Al Salamah, Bab Al Rai and Bab Al Hawa. We call on all international organisations to help the Syrian people urgently, the devastating earthquake left a massive impact on civilians in north-west Syria,” said Bader Jamous, head of the Syrian Negotiation Committee for the Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC).

The latest earthquake which happened on Monday is the deadliest one in the region in a hundred years, with more than 12000 death tolls.

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