Hardline Group Blocks Aid After Devastating Earthquake in Syria and Turkey

A 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck Turkey and Syria on February 26th, leaving many dead and injured. Five days later, a hardline group is holding up aid from reaching those in need in Syria, according to the United Nations.

The death toll from the quake is expected to double, according to UN chief Antonio Guterres. He said that the UN is doing its best to provide support to those affected.

The European Union’s envoy to Syria, Geir Pedersen, said that the bloc is not shirking its responsibility to provide aid. He said that the EU is committed to helping those affected by the quake.

India has also stepped up its assistance to Syria, according to Indian Ambassador Dr Bassam Alkhatib. He said that India considers Syria to be a “friend and family” and is doing its best to provide aid.

The full extent of the damage from the quake is still unknown. Rescue teams are still searching for survivors in the rubble and aid is desperately needed by those affected.

For more information on the quake and the aid efforts, view the full coverage on USNN.