Bulgaria’s caretaker government decides on humanitarian aid for Syria, Türkiye

Bulgaria’s caretaker government decided on February 15 to send humanitarian aid to Türkiye worth 1.59 million leva and, along with the Bulgarian Red Cross, to Syria worth more than 90 000 leva.

The decision follows the devastation wrought on those countries by the February 6 earthquakes.

The death toll from the earthquakes was most recently reported to be 41 130, including 35 410 in Türkiye and 5710 in Syria.

Immediately after the quakes, the Bulgarian Red Cross launched a fundraising campaign, which by February 14 had raised 1.9 million leva, while a campaign by Bulgarian publisher Manol Peykov – also immediately after the quakes – had by February 14 raised more than 1.15 million leva.

The Bulgarian Air Force has carried out six flights carrying Sofia municipality rescue workers and other forms of assistance.

The caretaker government’s February 15 decision provides for humanitarian aid provided by the Interior Ministry to be sent to Türkiye, including tents, folding tables, benches, mobile air conditioners, bedspreads, blankets, pillows, sheets and disposable covers, blanket bags, travel beds and thermal blankets.

It is expected that the aid will be flown to Türkiye on February 16.

The humanitarian aid that will go to Syria is being provided by the Interior Ministry and the Bulgarian Red Cross, and includes tents, blankets and other items.

In accordance with the activated Civil Protection Mechanism of the European Union, the free humanitarian aid will be transported with financial assistance from the European Commission, the government information service said.

(Photo: Clive Leviev-Sawyer)

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