On February 6, earthquakes shook the northwest of Syria and the southeast of Turkey, causing serious damage and tens of thousands of victims.
Latvia has already assessed the possibilities for providing assistance to Turkey, which has identified the largest number of victims of the earthquake.
According to the Latvian Ministry of Defense, although the official number of victims and deaths in Syria is relatively lower, the international assistance needs for the Syrian population are significantly higher, as the rescue work has been severely hampered by the ongoing civil war since 2011. Moreover, the number of victims and victims is most likely to exceed what has been made public because of the difficulty in accessing aid.
Latvia will contribute the monetary aid to the account specified by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Given the limited presence of international organizations in Syria, the OCHA is one of the few UN bodies that have long worked in the country, not only by providing assistance to the Syrian people but also by providing cross-border coordination of assistance. Contributions to the OCHA would also ensure that critical support is provided to the civilian population of Syria, while funding would not be held by the Assad regime or terrorist groups.
Expenditure of €70,000 will be taken from contingency funds.