People gather on the rubble as the search for survivors continues, in the aftermath of the earthquake, in Aleppo, Syria February 7, 2023. REUTERS/Firas Makdesi

Statement by Fabrizio Carboni, Near and Middle East regional director for the International Committee of the Red Cross, following the earthquake in Syria and Türkiye

Geneva (ICRC) -- "We wish to express our deep sympathy and solidarity with all those who were affected by the deadly earthquake that struck southern Türkiye overnight Sunday to Monday. In Syria, the earthquake adds a layer to the humanitarian tragedy that has been ongoing for 12 years.
Statement 07 February 2023 Syria Türkiye

No words can describe the sight of families – most of whom displaced more than once – who had to leave their homes in the freezing cold to take refuge in unsafe streets in the middle of the night. Buildings, weakened by long years of war collapsing like pieces of dominoes in Aleppo, send shivers down the spine.

I also salute the volunteers of Turkish Red Crescent Society and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent who are the first responders but also victims themselves. Their selfless dedication to humanitarian action is formidable.

The humanitarian situation across Syria is dire. These facts cannot be ignored; turning a blind eye to humanitarian suffering in Syria is cruel and inhumane.

The ICRC is working to support the emergency relief efforts of our partners the SARC. On Monday, we dispatched surgical material – enough to treat 100 people to one of the public hospitals in Aleppo. More of that and medical equipment is on its ways to Aleppo, Latakia and Tartous, along with thousands of canned foods enough for tens of thousands of people, blankets and mattresses, and other essential items."

For more information, please contact:

Adnan Hizam (Damascus): +9631133806205
Imene Trabelsi (Beirut): +961 3 13 83 53
Fatima Sator (Geneva): 79 848 49 08
Jessica Moussan: +971 50 425 4091