Iran Sends 16th Batch of Humanitarian Aid to Quake-Hit Syria

Iran Sends 16th Batch of Humanitarian Aid to Quake-Hit Syria

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran sent its 16th flight carrying humanitarian aid to Syria, following the devastating earthquakes that hit both Syria and neighboring Turkey on February 6, killing over 52,000 people in both countries.

The latest batch of humanitarian aid, which includes medicine, foodstuff, milk powder, and blankets, weighs 25 tons and was sent to people affected by the earthquakes in Syria. The aid arrived at Aleppo International Airport, four days after it resumed operations following a temporary closure due to an Israeli missile attack.

According to Salman Navvab Nouri, Iran's Consul General in Aleppo, the latest consignment marks the 16th one Iran has sent to Syria since the earthquakes hit. He added that Iran has dispatched a total of 447 tons of humanitarian assistance to the quake-hit people in Syria, with ten flights carrying such aid having landed in Aleppo, northwest Syria.

Iran was one of the first countries to provide aid to Turkey and Syria following the earthquakes, sending tons of medical, food, and sanitary supplies. Teams from the Iranian Red Crescent Society, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, and the Army were also dispatched to help with search and rescue operations in the affected areas.

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian recently visited the areas affected by the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria, expressing hope that the government and people of both countries will overcome the crisis soon. The initial earthquakes that struck southeastern Turkey and northwestern Syria had a combined magnitude of 7.8 and 7.6, respectively. The official death toll in both countries has exceeded 52,000, with millions still displaced and in urgent need of assistance.

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