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EU announces donour conference to raise emergency funds for Türkiye, Syria

by Dubaiforum

9th February, 2023 (WAM) — The European Union has announced a donour conference to raise funds for Türkiye and Syria as the two countries continue to grapple with the devastation caused by a magnitude 7.8 earthquake this week, CNN reported.

The bloc’s chief, Ursula von der Leyen, announced the conference in a joint statement Wednesday following a call with Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson.

The event will be held in March in Brussels, according to the statement.

Von der Leyen, who is the European Commission president, stressed that the bloc’s priority now is to “work around the clock to save as many lives as possible as many people are still trapped under the rubble, in buildings.”

In a news release earlier on Wednesday, the EU said the current operation is one of the “largest ever search and rescue operations” carried out through its Civil Protection Mechanism.

So far, the bloc said it has sent 31 search and rescue teams and 5 medical teams from 23 countries to impacted areas in Türkiye and Syria.

The bloc also committed itself to provide Turkey with 3 million euros (around $3.2 million) in assistance. Separately, Syria will receive 3.5 million euros (around $3.7 million) in emergency aid assistance.

The EU said the latter funding will help people in Syria “in need to access shelter, water and sanitation, health various items they currently need, as well as to support the search and rescue operations.”

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