Two transport planes from Russia’s Emergencies Ministry have flown to Syria to deliver 70 tons of humanitarian aid to residents of the earthquake-hit region. On board are, among other things, flour, tents, mattresses, warm blankets and mobile power plants.
The second Il-76 transport plane operated by the Russian Emergencies Ministry has flown to Syria to deliver another 35 tons of humanitarian cargo to residents of the quake-hit republic, authorities said.
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Earlier, the first plane with humanitarian aid flew to Syria from Zhukovsky airport in Moscow region. In total, the planes are to deliver 70 tons of relief supplies to the Middle Eastern country.
Humanitarian aid to residents of the Arab Republic is carried out by order of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The planes of the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations transport food and essential goods: sugar, flour, vegetable oil, as well as dishes, tents, mattresses, warm blankets and mobile power plants.
A video released by the ministry shows the relief supplies being loaded.
In addition, Russian rescuers in Syria continue to search for survivors in the rubble. A video that the news agency RIA Novosti published, shows the salvage work.
The Russian Defense Ministry had previously delivered more than 20 tons of aid to Syria.
Earthquakes measuring 7.7 and 7.6 struck Monday, nine hours apart, in southeastern Turkey’s Kahramanmaraş province. The tremors, which were followed by hundreds of aftershocks, were felt in ten provinces of the country and neighboring countries, including Syria. The Syrian provinces of Aleppo, Latakia, Tartus and Hama in the west and north-west of the country were hardest hit. According to the Ministry of Health, the earthquake killed more than 1,300 people and injured over 2,200.
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