EU: Emergency humanitarian aid of €6.5 million to Turkey and Syria

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EU: Emergency humanitarian aid of €6.5 million to Turkey and Syria

For Syria, the Commission announced an initial phase of emergency humanitarian aid of €3.5 million

The EU will provide emergency humanitarian aid of €6.5 million to Turkey and Syria through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, the European Commission announced today.

For Syria, the Commission announced an initial phase of emergency humanitarian aid of €3.5 million. This amount covers access to shelter, water and sanitation for people in need, as well as providing various health items and supporting search and rescue operations.

This morning, the Syrian authorities requested that the EU Civil Protection Mechanism be activated. The request includes search and rescue teams, access to housing and medicine. The EU’s Emergency Response Coordination Center is in contact with EU Member States and the UN to channel aid directly to the people most in need in Syria. In addition, the EU’s humanitarian partners in Syria, NGOs and UN agencies, are supporting the affected medical facilities with medical kits, providing food and shelter, and repairing damaged infrastructure.

For Turkey, the Commission has announced an initial aid of €3 million. This amount is in addition to the 31 search and rescue teams and 5 medical teams offered by 20 EU Member States and Albania, Montenegro and Serbia through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. The teams include over 1,500 rescuers and 100 search dogs and rescue.

In addition, today Turkey requested emergency supplies through the EU’s Civil Protection Mechanism. Already Germany, Lithuania and Slovenia have offered blankets, tents and heaters.

The Commission notes that this is one of the largest EU search and rescue operations ever undertaken through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism.

Tomorrow Thursday the Commissioner for Crisis Management Yanes Lenarcic is to visit the affected areas in Turkey as part of coordinating the EU response.

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