Germany to raise quake-related aid fund to Syria to €50 million

QAMISHLI, Syria (North Press) – Germany has pledged to increase life-saving aid by about €22 million to northern Syria the worst to be hit by the Feb. 6 earthquake.

At dawn on Feb. 6, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Syria and Turkey, killing more than 44.000 and injuring many more, in addition to destroying thousands of buildings in both countries.

German Foreign Minister, Annalena Baerbock, told German mass-market weekly Bild am Sonntag that “Berlin would increase aid by over €22 million,” bringing the total amount to €50 million.

Baerbock noted that her country will provide the needed help to the Syrians, who had perished in more than 10 years of war, saying though the Syrian government continues obstructing aid, “we will not leave the people there alone.”

German Foreign Minister further explained that a big number of those quake-affected people, who were forced to flee and displace for many times, now lack even the most basic necessities for survival “a roof over their heads, clean drinking water, something to eat and medicine.”

According to the latest UN statistics, 8.8 million Syrians have been affected by the earthquake. An additional 1.75 million refugees, mostly Syrians, were affected by the Turkey earthquake.

Reporting by Shella Abdulhalim