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Syria will allow earthquake aid through two additional border gates: the United Nations

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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has agreed to open two more border crossings to allow humanitarian aid for earthquake survivors affected by the recent disaster in Turkey and northwest Syria.

“Opening these crossing points — along with facilitating humanitarian access, expediting visa approval, and facilitating travel between hubs — will allow more aid to enter faster,” Guterres said.

The UN Security Council held a closed meeting on Monday to discuss the humanitarian situation in Syria in the wake of the devastating earthquakes.

UN aid coordinator Martin Griffiths arrived in Aleppo on Monday, according to state news agency SANA, amid heavy criticism of delays in earthquake aid.

Griffiths acknowledged the failure of the United Nations on Sunday. “[The Syrian people] You really feel abandoned. I’m looking for international help that hasn’t arrived yet,” Griffiths said in a tweet.

On Sunday, Griffiths said he expected the final death toll from the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria to exceed 50,000.

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