Al-Assad and First Lady visit earthquake survivors in Aleppo
The Syrian president visited the survivors in the Aleppo International hospital and inspected the damage caused to the city.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his wife Asma al-Assad visited this morning the earthquake survivors at Aleppo University Hospital.
The Presidency of the Syrian Arab Republic published pictures showing al-Assad and his wife as they inspected the condition of the survivors inside the hospital.
Al-Assad said during his tour, "It is natural for the West to politicize the situation. As for human feelings [in the West], they do not exist, neither now nor did they in the past," adding that the Syrian authorities "will put all possibilities to rebuild the affected areas and help the afflicted in them."
الرئيس الأسد يزور موقعاً تعمل فيه فرق الانقاذ على رفع الأنقاض والدمار لانتشال المصابين والضحايا بحي المشارقة بمدينة حلب. pic.twitter.com/yhIkm3TtuD— Syrian Presidency (@Presidency_Sy) February 10, 2023
Today, the Syrian Council of Ministers announced that the affected areas in the governorates of Aleppo, Latakia, Hama, and Idlib as a result of the earthquake are disaster areas. The death toll rose to 3,317 people across Syria, with 5,245 injuries.
The Syrian President also visited the Bustan Al-Qasr area, in which the Algerian Civil Protection team is supervising the rescue operation.
Activists published pictures of the Syrian president with the Algerian rescue team, where he checked on the progress of the rescue operation taking place in the affected areas.
The Algerian rescue team scored so far the highest number of people rescued among all the ongoing operations, according to the statistics of the Field Operations Coordination and Management Platform of the International Search and Rescue Advisory Group.
في أول محطة من زيارة الرئيس الأسد والسيدة أسماء الأسد إلى مدينة حلب توجها إلى مشفى حلب الجامعي للاطمئنان على حالة المصابين والمتضررين من الزلزال واستمعا منهم إلى أوضاعهم واحتياجاتهم. pic.twitter.com/CMfMthOZk2— Syrian Presidency (@Presidency_Sy) February 10, 2023
Al-Assad also met with the head of the Iraqi relief delegation and Chief of Staff of the Popular Mobilization Authority (PMF), Abdul-Aziz al-Muhammadawi (Abu Fadak), while inspecting the damage caused by the earthquake in the city of Aleppo.
During the meeting, Al-Muhammadawi offered his condolences to the President and the Syrian people and expressed solidarity with Iraq's neighboring nation.
In his turn, al-Assad said to al-Muhammadawi: "You sacrificed blood with us, so it is not surprising that you provide us with aid."
الرئيس بشار الأسد، لرئيس هيئة أركان الحشد الشعبي العراقي عبد العزيز المحمداوي، من حلب: أنتم قدمتم الدماء معنا، فليس غريباً أن تقدموا الإعانة لنا. pic.twitter.com/6wnwBfbfRt— SAM 🇸🇾 (@SAMSyria0) February 10, 2023
Likewise, the Popular Mobilization Forces' official, Abu Ali al-Kufi, told Al Mayadeen that "the difficult circumstances that the Syrian people are going through prompted the PMF to come to Syria."
He added, "The PMF endured the threats it received to target its convoys in order to help the Syrian people."
القيادي في #الحشد_الشعبي أبو علي الكوفي لـ #الميادين:— قناة الميادين (@AlMayadeenNews) February 10, 2023
"الظروف الصعبة التي يمر بها الشعب السوري دفعتنا للقدوم إلى #سوريا.. ونحن تحملنا التهديدات التي تلقيناها باستهداف قوافلنا لأجل مساعدة الشعب السوري"@ahmad__abdalla #الزلزال_المدمر #زلزال_سوريا #زلزال_سوريا_تركيا pic.twitter.com/UZyvZCLKrb
President al-Assad visited Aleppo to inspect the damage caused to the city as a result of the devastating earthquake.