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Syrian rescue workers severely criticise UN’s relief efforts

On Friday, the Syrian rescue group White Helmets harshly criticised the UN, claiming that no suitable humanitarian aid had reached the earthquake-devastated northwest region.

They claimed that the UN was representing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

“The UN is on the side of the government, not the people,’’ al-Saleh said via a translator.

He appealed to governments to organise direct aid outside of UN channels.

The UN “should apologise to the people,’’ he said from the Idlib region via video link to reporters in Geneva.

Rami Abdul Rahman, Head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said that a shipment of aid arrived on Thursday.

He said the tents for shelter and equipment to remove the rubble were still lacking.

A second convoy crossed the Turkish-Syrian border on Friday, according to dpa sources.

Mustafa Dahnon, an activist from Idlib, who was at the border crossing, told dpa that the trucks were mainly carrying blankets and carpets to keep people warm.

“We need tents. If we have blankets and carpets and we do not have tents, where will people sleep?’’ he wondered. (dpa/NAN)

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