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Syrian victims of earthquake struggle while awaiting aid

Survivors of the earthquake in the opposition-held towns of northwestern Syria are struggling to meet basic needs, over a week after a massive 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck the region. In Jindayris, over 1,500 families are without shelter as night-time temperatures fall to -4C.

The country’s 12-year civil war has complicated relief efforts and led to days of delay and disagreement over how to move and distribute aid.

Until now, the UN has only been able to deliver aid to the opposition-held northwest region through a single border crossing with Turkey, or via government territory, which has posed many logistical problems. On Monday, the UN and President Bashar al-Assad of Syria agreed to open two additional crossing points from Turkey to Syria’s opposition-held areas, which is hoped will ease the arrival of aid.
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