WHO says it asked Syria’s Assad to open border crossings


GENEVA (Reuters) – A senior World Health Organization (WHO) official has urged northern Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to work with Turkey to get aid for areas hit by a devastating earthquake in northern Syria. WHO director-general said on Wednesday that he has asked for more border crossings to open.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a briefing in Geneva: “We asked him (Assad) to allow us to add cross-border access points.

“On Monday, two more border crossings were opened to allow convoys from Turkey to the northwest of the Syrian Arab Republic.”

(Reporting by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber, Geneva and Raghav Mahobe, Bangalore; Editing by Alison Williams)

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