Representation of UN entered today – for the first time since last Monday’s deadly earthquake – the rebel-held zones of the northwest Syriain order to assess the needs of these areas, reports an AFP correspondent.

The delay in the arrival of international aid was strongly criticized by the rescuers, the White Helmets, and the local fighters as well as the world public opinion.

The UN team has arrived in Syria as efforts to find survivors – with almost no help from the West – are drawing to a close.

The 7.8-magnitude earthquake that shook Syria and Turkey on February 6 killed at least 3,600 people in Syria.

The UN delegation that arrived in the country today entered through the Bab-al-Hawa border crossing with Turkey, the only entry point for aid to the affected areas under the control of the rebels.

The echelon includes two officials from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (Ocha), David Carden and Sanjana Kazi.

The delegation then went to a World Food Program (PAM) center in Sharmada, before meeting with local officials, according to the AFP correspondent.