Egyptian aid arrive in Turkey. Photo: Turkish embassy in Cairo
The White Helmets, a Syrian volunteer organisation, told Al-Hadath TV on Wednesday the Egyptian rescue team entered Syria via the Bab Al-Hawa crossing. The planes landed at Damascus International Airport on Tuesday night, according to the official Syrian Arab News Agency.
The Syrian opposition said it was able to secure the entry of aid from the Bab Al-Salama, Al-Rai, and Bab Al-Hawa crossings after contacting the Turkish government.
Earlier in the day, two Egyptian military planes carrying medical aid arrived at the Turkish Adana Airport, announced the Chargé d'Affairs at the Turkish Embassy in Cairo Ambassador Saleh Mutlu Shin.
This came a day after President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi ordered sending five military planes carrying emergency medical aid to Turkey and Syria to contribute to relief efforts.
The death toll from the massive earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria rose above 11,200 -- 8,574 people died in Turkey and 2,662 in Syria -- on Wednesday as rescuers raced to save survivors trapped under debris in the winter cold, according to news agencies.
Two Egyptians from one family have been reported dead in Turkey’s Hatay province in the devastating earthquake, according to a statement by the Egyptian Foreign Affairs Ministry. A number of citizens were slightly injured in Turkey, the ministry said in a Tuesday statement without specifying numbers, adding that the Egyptian Embassy in Ankara is communicating with the injured to check up on them.
El-Sisi offered his condolences in phone calls to both Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday, stressing Egypt’s readiness to send humanitarian assistance and relief to help both the Syrian and Turkish peoples.
Egypt’s embassies in Syria and Turkey launched on Monday hotlines for Egyptians in both countries to report any damage or call for help following the deadly earthquake.
Egyptian Embassy in Ankara: 00905497695566
Egyptian Embassy in Damascus: 00963112144886 - 00963112144885