Egyptian ship delivers ‘hundreds of tons’ of relief aid to quake-hit Turkey and Syria

Ahram Online , Monday 20 Feb 2023

A supply ship from the Egyptian Navy arrived in the Port of Latakia, Syria, on Monday carrying “hundreds of tons” of relief aid in the wake of the 6 February earthquake, Egyptian Presidential Spokesman Ahmed Fahmy said in a statement.

An Egyptian navy ship carrying 500 tons of aid arrives in the Port of Latakia, Syria, 20 February 2023. SANA


The shipment was delivered “in solidarity with Syria and its brotherly people and in support of [Syria] in this painful humanitarian plight,” the spokesman said.

The shipment to Syria also comes in implementation of Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi’s directives to continue providing aid to the Syrian people in the face of the ramifications of the earthquake, the spokesman added.

The shipment included around 500 tons of aid, Syrian official news agency SANA reported.

The aid will be handed over to the Syrian Arab Red Crescent to be distributed to regions that were harmed by the earthquake, a SANA reporter said.

Meanwhile, the General Command of the Egyptian Armed Forces dispatched a ship carrying hundreds of tons of aid relief, including large quantities of tents, blankets, foodstuffs, pharmaceuticals, and medical supplies.

The General Command issued orders to mobilise the convoy from Cairo, where it was loaded, to Ismailia. The convoy then went through the Tahya Misr tunnels and across the Al-Salam Bridge. It then took the international coastal road and arrived at the sea port of Al-Arish, whose facilities and berths have been significantly developed recently.

An Egyptian supply ship departed from the port and headed to Syria and Turkey, the Egyptian military spokesman said in a statement on Monday.

The supplies are provided by the ministries of defence and social solidarity, Al-Azhar, the Red Crescent Society, and the Long Live Egypt Fund, to contribute to alleviating the effects caused by the devastating earthquake in both countries, the Egyptian military spokesman said in a statement.

This comes within the framework of the Egyptian leadership's keenness to support fraternal relations between peoples and help brothers overcome crises and tribulations , he added.

Over 46,000 people have died due to the powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck in northwest Syria and southern Turkey on 6 February, becoming one of the deadliest this century.

Entities from across the globe have been providing human aid with over 140 trucks entering Syria as of Friday, according to the UN.

In the immediate aftermath of the quake, Egypt sent five military planes – two to Turkey and three to Syria – carrying large quantities of medical aid the day after the disaster.

Egypt also sent a rescue team comprising medical specialists and rescue technicians alongside the medical aid to Syria

The Egyptian Red Crescent also launched a donation campaign for Syria’s earthquake victims.

Additionally, Egypt’s Tahya Masr designated on Wednesday a bank account at all state-owned banks to receive donations from inside and outside Egypt to send basic goods and pharmaceutical supplies to the victims.


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