Qatar’s emir stated on Sunday he was puzzled by the delay in delivering assist to victims of final month’s earthquakes in Syria, including that it was mistaken to abuse humanitarian assist for political functions, in an obvious swipe on the Syrian authorities.
Qatar was amongst a number of regional states that backed rebels in Syria’s civil conflict and has beforehand spoken out towards efforts by some nations to normalize ties with Damascus.
Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, talking on the opening of the United Nations Least Developed Nations convention in Doha, harassed the necessity to assist Syrians “with out hesitation” and assist Turkey’s efforts to get better from the devastating earthquake.
The loss of life toll in Turkey has risen to above 45,000, bringing the entire toll together with Syria to about 51,000. In Syria, the northwest area managed by rebels at conflict with President Bashar al-Assad was the worst hit.
“As I’m wondering on the delay within the arrival of assist to those (Syrian) folks, I stress that exploiting a human tragedy for political functions is unacceptable,” Sheikh Tamim stated.
The United Nations has referred to as for entry by all events in Syria, already devastated by years of civil conflict, so as to scale up assist deliveries.
Reduction our bodies complain of restrictions by the Damascus authorities that they are saying politicise assist distribution. Different assist businesses say hardline rebels have blocked assist deliveries from government-held elements of Syria, additional complicating efforts.
Qatar has been offering assist to Syrians by way of Turkey whereas different Gulf states just like the United Arab Emirates have straight flown in humanitarian provides.
Doha, like Washington, has voiced opposition to any strikes in the direction of rehabilitating or normalising ties with Assad, citing his authorities’s brutality throughout the battle and the necessity to see progress in the direction of a political answer.