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The U.S. sanctions impede and delay the delivery of humanitarian aid to earthquake-hit Syria.
The death toll from earthquakes in Türkiye has climbed to 31,643, the country's disaster agency was quoted by the Anadolu Agency on Monday as saying, bringing the total fatalities with neighboring Syria to more than 35,000, with tens of thousands injured.
The United Nations relief chief said in quake-hit Syria on Monday that as the UN relief efforts enter a humanitarian phase, the urgency is to cover such needs as shelter, food and schooling and that the plan now is to cover three months of humanitarian needs in Syria.
Afghanistan's Red Crescent Society donated US$50,000 in cash to help the quake-affected people in Türkiye, the state-run Bakhtar news agency reported Monday.
The first batches of relief supplies bound for Türkiye and financed by the Chinese government arrived in Istanbul on Feb. 11 and 12. More supplies provided by China, including electrocardiograph machines, ultrasonic diagnostics equipment, medical transport vehicles and manual hospital beds will be shipped this week.
Rescue teams from China have rescued over 10 survivors. A research team from Wuhan University has provided remote sensing data from the earthquake-hit areas of Türkiye to the United Nations Satellite Centre to aid relief efforts.
Botswana's Minister for State President Kabo Morwaeng on Monday visited the Turkish embassy in Botswana and extended condolences to the people of Türkiye.
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An Iraqi plane carrying 10 tons of relief, food and medical materials for those affected by the earthquake in Syria has just arrived at Aleppo International Airport. pic.twitter.com/CV9qSl9OKp
Lack of needed medical and rescue equipment has limited the capabilities of the Syrian Red Crescent in its relief efforts in the earthquake-stricken areas of the country, said Mey al-Sayegh, spokeswoman of the Beirut-based regional office of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).
Al-Sayegh said that the Syrian Red Crescent does not have sufficient equipment because of a devastating war in the country since 2011.
The current freezing weather in Syria and Türkiye constitutes another serious obstacle to relief efforts because of the earthquakes, she warned. Commenting on the current U.S. sanctions on Syria, al-Sayegh said the sanctions impede and delay the delivery of humanitarian aid to earthquake-hit Syria.
The IFRC allocated US$1 million to the Syrian Red Crescent and 2 million Swiss francs to the Turkish Red Crescent immediately after the earthquakes to enable their urgent assistance in rescuing and providing relief, medical treatment and shelter for survivors.
The Venezuelan government sent a brigade of 52 specialists to Türkiye and Syria to collaborate in rescue operations