Assad approved Syria quake aid with a UAE nudge, sources say

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Assad approved Syria quake aid with a UAE nudge, sources say
Assad's decision to approve wider aid access for UN convoys into the northwest from Turkey marked a shift from his long-standing opposition to cross-border aid flows into the area.
By REUTERS

President Bashar al-Assad ceded to calls for more aid access to Syria's northwest with prodding from the United Arab Emirates, sources say, a diplomatic win for the Gulf state which has rebuilt ties with Damascus despite US disapproval.

Assad's decision to approve wider aid access for UN convoys into the northwest from Turkey marked a shift from his long-standing opposition to cross-border aid flows into the area, which is controlled by his insurgent enemies and where 4 million people were already dependent on aid. His approval came a week after an earthquake devastated southern Turkey and northwest Syria, killing more than 49,000 people.

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