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The first European shipment from Italy to Syria

The first European aid shipment coming from Italy via Lebanon arrived in the Syrian capital and was received by the Syrian Arab Red Crescent.

The shipment consists of 4 ambulances, 30 tons of medicines, medical materials, and winter clothes for those affected by the earthquakes, in addition to an Italian medical team consisting of 4 doctors specializing in orthopedics, headed by the Syrian doctor, Tamam Youssef, to support the volunteers while they work in treating the injured. It also included special equipment for rescue operations.

The convoy was received by the President of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, Khaled Habbouti, in the presence of the Chargé d’Affairs of the Italian Embassy in Syria, Massimiliano D’Antono, and the President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in the Middle East and North Africa, Dr. Hossam Al-Sharqawi.

The first European relief shipment coming from Italy arrives in Damascus to help those affected by the earthquake

Habbouti said, during a statement to reporters, that this aid shipment will not be the last, and there are promises of the arrival of more convoys coming from the countries of the European Union, stressing that the Red Crescent takes care of every Syrian present on Syrian soil and will work to deliver aid to all affected people wherever they are, even in the regions. located outside the control of the Syrian state.

Habbouti also stressed that humanitarian action is above all sanctions and must have no limits, but must be supported by all governments, including the US administration.

He also added that the Red Crescent is a neutral organization that is not affiliated with anyone, as it is promoted in some media, and that the ultimate goal of the organization is to deliver aid to those in need, expressing his thanks to the Italian government, which took the first step among Western countries to respond to the human suffering in Syria as a result of the earthquake disaster.

In turn, Doctor Tammam Youssef expressed to the journalists his condolences to the families of the victims of the earthquake disaster, and full solidarity with all those affected in his name and the name of the Italian “San Donato” hospital group that prepared the shipment.

Youssef continued by saying, “We affirm that any citizen who has a need as a result of the disaster will be a target for us to provide all support and assistance to him,” pointing out that an aid plane being prepared in Romania will arrive in the coming days, and that the shipment today is the beginning of the convoys that will arrive successively from the European Union countries to Damascus.

As for the mechanism for the direct arrival of aid to Syrian airports, Youssef indicated that work is being done on this issue to facilitate the flow of aid to Syria directly in the near future, expressing his hope that this catastrophe that befell the Syrian people would be the beginning of the lifting of Western sanctions.

Since the first day of the earthquake, the Syrian airports witnessed the arrival of dozens of planes coming from several Arab and foreign countries, led by Russia, despite all the imposed Western sanctions, loaded with relief and medical materials and the necessary tools to assist in rescue operations in the stricken areas.

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