Taliban administration to send aid to quake-hit Turkiye, Syria

Afghanistan’s Taliban administration will send around $165,000 in aid to Turkiye and Syria to help the response to a devastating magnitude 7

8 earthquake that struck this week, according to a foreign ministry statement

Afghanistan is in the grips of a severe economic and humanitarian crisis and is itself the location of one of the United Nation’s largest humanitarian aid programs

The Taliban took over in 2021 as foreign forces withdrew, sparking enforcement of sanctions on its banking sector, and no capital has formally recognised its government

“The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan … announces a relief package of 10 million Afghanis ($111,024) and 5 million Afghanis ($55,512) to Turkiye and Syria respectively on the basis of shared humanity and Islamic brotherhood,” a Ministry of Foreign Affairs statement said late on Tuesday

Also read: Erdogan visits earthquake-hit south as death toll rises to more than 11,000 The death toll from the huge tremor in southern Turkiye and Syria had jumped to more than 8,300 lives on Wednesday as rescuers worked against time in harsh winter conditions to dig survivors out of the rubble of collapsed buildings

Tens of thousands more were injured and many people were left without homes in freezing temperatures

In Afghanistan, hundreds have also died in recent weeks due to bitter cold and an economic crisis

Many aid groups have partially suspended operations due to a Taliban administration ruling that most female NGO workers could not work, leaving agencies unable to operate many programmes in the conservative country

Western diplomats have said they will not consider formally recognising the administration unless it changes course on women’s rights

Despite the cut of development funding that once formed the backbone of the Afghan state’s budget, the World Bank said in a report that the Taliban administration has increased exports — some of it coal to Pakistan — and revenue collection remained strong, including from customs duties and mining royalties

Date:09-Feb-2023 Reference:View Original Link