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MSF sends supplies to Tartus, offers increased support to all earthquake-affected areas in Syria
Two Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) trucks have reached Tartus, coming from Beirut. The trucks supplied 35 cubic metres of medical kits and around 50 cubic metres of logistics materials as donations to the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC).
Surgical and trauma kits, water treatment units, shelters, and non-food items such as hygiene kits and blankets were donated to the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) logistics warehouse in Tartus to assist the population affected by the earthquakes in northern Syria.
Two weeks after devastating earthquakes struck the area, impacting thousands of lives, an urgent scale up of humanitarian assistance is needed. This will be the first MSF donation since the earthquake in areas where the organisation’s teams are not present. MSF field teams stand ready to respond directly and provide care to people impacted by the earthquakes in the affected governorates: Idlib, Latakia, Aleppo and Hama.
“Everyone affected should receive immediate humanitarian assistance wherever they are, and we remain committed to doing so, wherever access is granted”, says Ahmed Abdel-Rahman, MSF Director of Operations. “We reiterate the offer made immediately after the earthquake: to send supplies and specialist teams to all affected regions where we are not present”.
Since 6 February, MSF has significantly scaled up its operations in northwest Syria, where we have been present for more than ten years. This support has included direct medical assistance and essential supplies to the local population, through the hospitals our teams support, as well as the provision of logistical supplies to Idlib and Aleppo. In Türkiye, we are working with local partners on distribution and relief aid assistance.