Work underway to open two more border-crossing points between Turkey, Syria
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said work is underway to open two more border-crossing points to Syria in order to facilitate the delivery of aids to neighboring country, also hit by Turkey’s earthquakes.
While one is already open, some roads on the Syrian side of the crossing were damaged due to the earthquake and this destruction was leading to difficulties in the delivery of aid to Syria from Turkey and the international community, Cavusoglu said.
"For this reason, we are working on opening two more border-crossings,” he said on Wednesday.
“This is not a political situation, this is a humanitarian situation. Therefore, we are working to open these crossing points over the areas controlled by the Syrian regime," Cavusoglu said.
Adding that some of the international aid delivered by planes is sent for Syria, Cavusoglu said Turkey provides necessary support for the aid to reach the country.
“When there is a demand for international flights to Aleppo Airport, we also open our airspace,” he said.
Two catastrophic earthquakes epicenter in Southeastern Turkey on Monday have also rocked the other side of the border, so far claiming at least 2,992 lives in Syria.
On the fourth day of the earthquake, death toll in Turkey has reached to 12,873.