Çavuşoğlu: Our border crossings with Syria are open for aid

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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu reaffirmed that the border crossings with the Syrian side are open to humanitarian aid, especially the international one.

This came in an interview with reporters on Sunday in the state of Hatay, which was hit by the earthquake.

Çavuşoğlu stressed his country’s facilitation of all foreign aid destined for the earthquake-affected areas in Syria.

And that the Turkish airspace is open to those who want to deliver aid directly to the Syrians.

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Çavuşoğlu said that the roads on the Syrian side of the Bab al-Hawa border crossing were destroyed by the earthquake.

It is worth noting that the UN Security Council resolution defines the Bab al-Hawa crossing as the only crossing for the delivery of humanitarian aid to northern Syria.

The Turkish minister called on the United Nations and the international community to deliver aid to northern Syria through two crossings in the Wilayat of Kilis.

He explained that the United Nations is currently studying the use of the Kilis border crossings to deliver aid.

Çavuşoğlu denied opening the border crossings for the Syrians in northern Syria, stressing that the crossing is unilateral.

On Monday, a 7.7-magnitude earthquake hit southern Turkey and northern Syria, followed by another hours later with a magnitude of 7.6 and hundreds of violent aftershocks, which left huge losses of lives and property in both countries.