Netanyahu says Syria requests quake reduction, Israel able to ship it

JERUSALEM: Israel stated on Monday that it had obtained a Syrian request for help with earthquake reduction for the Arab state and that it was ready to oblige, in what could be uncommon cooperation between the enemy neighbours.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated in a speech he had ordered Israeli support despatched to Turkey, the epicentre of Monday’s earthquake, and that “since a request was additionally obtained to do that for a lot of victims of the earthquake in Syria, I instructed to do that as nicely”.

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Syrian officers have reported a whole lot killed within the civil war-torn nation, each in areas underneath Damascus’ management and within the opposition-held northwest.

Requested who had made the request concerning Syria cited by Netanyahu, an Israeli official advised Reuters: “The Syrians”. Requested if this referred to opposition members or to President Bashar al-Assad’s authorities, the official stated solely: “Syria”.

A second Israeli official stated the request had been relayed to the Netanyahu authorities “by a diplomatic supply”.

There was no quick Syrian response to the Israeli statements.

Israel and Syria have been in a state of struggle for many years, with durations of ceasefire. For a time, Israel helped Syrian rebels on the Golan Heights frontier, and in 2018 it labored with Jordan and the USA to evacuate Syrian “White Helmet” rescue employees and their households fleeing a authorities advance.