Egypt's NCHR appeals for world to 'put politics aside to alleviate suffering of Turkish & Syrian people'

Ahram Online , Wednesday 15 Feb 2023

The Egyptian National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) has appealed to the world to "put politics aside" and act in unison in order to provide more support to alleviate the suffering of the Syrian and Turkish peoples in the aftermath of the earthquakes.

President of Egypt s National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) Moushira Khattab
President of Egypt's National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) Moushira Khattab

In a statement on Wednesday, the NCHR said that " the council – as an independent national institution that works to protect, promote and respect human rights, and within the framework of its relations at the regional level and through its membership at the Arab Network for Human Rights – stresses the importance of putting politics aside and coming together to provide more support and assistance to contribute to alleviating the suffering of the Syrian and Turkish peoples.

The statement added that "the council has closely followed the devastating impact of the earthquake in northwest Syria and southeast Turkey which left many dead and wounded and caused damage to infrastructure and public utilities, especially in Syria that has been suffering for years from war."

The council noted that "the deterioration of the infrastructure in Syrian territory was a reason for the high numbers of dead and injured."

It added that that "the current economic and weather conditions pose an additional burden on the victims in the impacted areas in these territories which amounts to a massive human catastrophe."

"This necessitates the unison of efforts on an international, regional and national levels for a speedy response to make all capabilities and logistic support available in order to alleviate the suffering of the Syrian and Turkish people," the council stressed.

The 7.8 magnitude quake that struck Turkey and neighbouring Syria on 6 February left nearly 40,000 deaths in both countries and other homeless survivors living currently in makeshift tents in freezing temperatures.

The NCHR also praised in its statement President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi's call on all countries to provide more assistance to the Syrian people, which he made during his participation in the World Summit of Governments WGS 2023 in Dubai earlier this week.

The NCHR also praised the assistance provided by the UAE and the Gulf nations to all Arab brothers, expressing hope that more aid would be sent to the Syrian people.

The council also urged Egyptian philanthropic organisations and the Egyptian Crescent Union to provide medical and food assistance to the Syrian and Turkish peoples.

It also called on both the international community and the UN to play their role in providing humanitarian relief to all affected areas without exception.

The council also called on the authorities in both countries to facilitate the arrival of aid to the victims, added the statement.

On Tuesday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres launched an appeal for $397 million to provide “life-saving relief” for nearly five million Syrians affected by the latest disaster.

Last Tuesday, a day after the earthquake, Egypt sent five military planes carrying emergency medical aid to Turkey and Syria in order to contribute to relief efforts.

On Thursday, an Egyptian rescue team comprising medical specialists and rescue technicians as well as three military planes loaded with humanitarian and relief aid, medical supplies, and tents arrived in Syria to help victims of the devastating earthquake.

Today, Egypt's Tahya Masr Fund announced that it has designated 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 of the earthquake that ravaged Syria.

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