The work report of Najib Rahmoun, the coordinator of the Syrian Opposition Coalition’s (SOC) office in the liberated areas, was presented to the political committee during its regular meeting on Thursday. The report focused on the office’s response to the devastating earthquake that struck Türkiye and Syria on February 6.
Rahmoun discussed the office’s assessment field tours, which began on the first day of the earthquake in the liberated areas. The tours aimed to determine the extent of the damage and urgent needs for relief for those affected, as well as to recover those trapped under rubble. The office also coordinated with the Syrian Interim Government and other local authorities to respond to the disaster.
In addition, Rahmoun stated that the office had sent letters to international agencies and organizations to request assistance in mitigating the damage and rescuing victims trapped under rubble. The office also worked with those in charge of border crossings to facilitate aid entry to northwestern Syria.
However, Rahmoun expressed his regret at the slow international response to the disaster and the flimsy arguments presented by the United Nations and its organizations. He particularly criticized their decision to wait for approval from the Assad regime to open border crossings, which resulted in the deaths of dozens of civilians trapped under rubble.
(Source: SOC’s Media Department)