UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan has ordered the provision of an additional $50 million as relief aid for quake-affected people in Syria, with $20 million of the sum to be allocated to implement humanitarian projects in response to the emergency appeal of the United Nations (UN) regarding Syria.
The projects will be carried out in coordination with the United Nations Office for Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA).
The UAE President had previously directed providing $50 million to aid those affected by earthquakes in Syria, and an additional $50 million to aid people in Türkiye.
State news agency WAM reported that the UAE is continuing, for the tenth consecutive day, to send relief supplies to Syria and Türkiye, with a total of 70 flights sent so far to Syria and Türkiye.
For Syria, 38 flights airlifted about 1,243 metric tons of food and medical aid, in addition to 2,893 tents, enough to shelter around 20,000 people. A search and rescue (SAR) team, comprising 42 rescuers, was sent to Syria to carry out SAR missions in quake-hit areas.
As for the Turkish side, 32 flights airlifted medical equipment and supplies, and 927 shelter materials, enough to help 5,000 beneficiaries.
Moreover, a field hospital was opened in the İslahiye district of Gaziantep, Türkiye, with an inpatient ward comprising 50 fully-equipped beds, operating rooms and a medical team of 75 doctors, nurses and assistants, with another 200-bed hospital recently completed in the Hatay province. In addition, an SAR team, comprising 92 rescuers, was sent to carry out SAR operations in Kahramanmaras.