Earthquake knocks out Syria aid lifeline, UN says

A girl waits to receive news from her relatives who are under the rubble as personnel and civilians conduct search and rescue operations in Afrin district of Aleppo, Syria after 7.7 and 7.6 magnitude earthquakes hits Turkiye's Kahramanmaras, on February 07, 2023 [Ömer Alven/Anadolu Agency]

Aid flows from Turkiye to north-west Syria have temporarily stopped due to the fallout of a devastating earthquake, a UN spokesperson said on Tuesday, leaving aid workers grappling with the problem of how to help people in a country fractured by war, Reuters reports. The cross-border aid operation overseen by the United Nations since 2014 has been crucial to Syrians who fled President Bashar Al-Assad's rule during the conflict, bypassing territory he controls. There was no clear picture of when the aid – upon which some 4 million people depend – would resume, Madevi Sun-Suon, spokesperson for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance (OCHA), told Reuters. "Some roads are broken, some are inaccessible. There are logistical issues […] Source

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