Iraq sends 8th aid shipment for quake-hit Syria

2/13/2023 1:58:54 PM
 Iraqi security forces prepare humanitarian aid will be shipped on a plane to the earthquake affected people of Syria in Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2023. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)
Iraq sent another plane with aid supplies to earthquake affected areas in Syria on Sunday.

The aid packages were prepared by the Iraqi Red Crescent Society.

Millions of Syrians in the northwest live in poverty, mostly relying on aid to survive with many families displaced by a 12-year conflict across the country.

Temperatures remain below freezing point across the large region, and many people have no place to shelter.

Monday's catastrophic earthquakes and aftershocks killed more than 28,000 people and destroyed thousands of buildings in Syria and across the border in Turkey and became one of the deadliest quakes worldwide in more than a decade.

Volunteers and civil defence teams are continuing to pull out both survivors and dead bodies from under the rubble in earthquake affected areas in Syria and Turkey.

Authorities feared the death toll would keep climbing as rescuers searched through tangles of metal and concrete for survivors in a region beset by Syria’s 12-year civil war and a refugee crisis.

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