After a devastating earthquake hit Syria and Turkey, killing thousands of people, the US State Department showed no interest in lifting crippling economic sanctions on Syria that are specifically designed to prevent the country’s reconstruction.
As of Monday night, the earthquake has killed at least 2,921 people in Turkey and 1,444 in northwest Syria, including in Syrian government-controlled territory and areas controlled by anti-government fighters.
The Syrian Health Ministry said 711 people died in government-controlled territory. In areas of Syria’s northwest Idlib province that are mostly controlled by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), an al-Qaeda-linked group, reports said 733 people had died.
State Department spokesman Ned Price said Monday that the US would work with NGOs in the country but wouldn’t engage with the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. He didn’t give any indication that the US would lift sanctions on Syria.
When asked by Antiwar.com if the Biden administration was considering lifting sanctions, the State Department referred to Price’s comments about working with NGOs. “In Turkey, we have a partner in the government; in Syria, we have a partner in the form of NGOs on the ground who are providing humanitarian support,” Price said.
When pressed on why the US wouldn’t engage with Damascus, Price said it “would be quite ironic, if not even counterproductive, for us to reach out to a government that has brutalized its people over the course of a dozen years now.”
Price claimed that no other country has done more than the US to provide aid to the Syrian people. But US sanctions on Syria have a devastating impact on the civilian population, as a UN special rapporteur recently detailed in a report after visiting the country.
According to Al Jazeera, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), a US-based advocacy group, called on Monday for the immediate lifting of US sanctions on Syria. “Lifting of the sanctions will open the doors for additional and supplemental aid that will provide immediate relief to those in need,” the ADC said.
US sanctions have impeded relief efforts after earthquakes in the past. In June 2022, an earthquake in Afghanistan killed over 1,100 people, and UN officials said sanctions were complicating aid deliveries. But US sanctions on Afghanistan remained and are still in effect today despite UN warnings that six million Afghans are facing the risk of famine.
58 thoughts on “After Earthquake Devastates Syria, US Shows No Interest in Lifting Sanctions”
How much earthquake aid is Russia sending to Syria? Has anyone seen a report?
Well, at least Russia is not occupying Syria’s oil and wheat lands, depriving them of the revenue and food; and also not sanctioning them off the banking world.
Also, they helped defeat the terrorists we had set up to capture the place. We’ll see how they can help with this soon.
the earthquake was only a day ago. you know there isn’t any report yet.
but the US has been fostering terrorists and stealing syria’s oil for a long time now, so maybe syria has other things to worry about than how much earthquake aid russia sends them.
Yes, go over to RT and find out.
Don’t know “how much” yet, but it will be fairly easy for you to follow developments, Kenneth
China is offering assistance as well, Red.
So is tiny Serbia… God bless em all!
Yes, and it should be mentioned that Russia was invited into Syria while the U.S. wasn’t and refuses to leave.
Kenneth prefers to let others do the research, Red.
The US has a much bigger economy and has the capacity to offer much more disaster assistance than Russia. It is criminal that Biden is not lifting the sanctions.
The US has a much bigger economy
But a microscopic heart… And it’s empty.
This is why we get along with CEO Zelensky. Neither of us gives a crap about human suffering.
Wow, I am shocked, shocked I tell you!
Just in case you didn’t get it before, understand this, we are dicks. Honestly a little goodwill at a time like this may have the chance to change hearts and minds, but we won’t even try
Biden and his cabal of neocons are not big enough.
I don’t think the USA or Israel gives a crap about changing hearts and minds in Syria. If you didn’t know before, shortly after 9/11, Donald Rumsfeld leaked his plans to take out 7 Muslim nations in 5 years. Syria was on that list. It’s taken longer than 5 years for this to happen, but neocons like him never give up. They just double-down and throw more weapons into these benighted lands. Ultimately, this overreach will be the undoing of both the USA and Israel.
Speak for yourself, dick…
The rest of us here have been against this cruel war on the Syrian people from the start. I don’t think our crocodile tears and care packages are going to win us anything but their contempt.
Gee I dunno if I was freezing to death and somebody handed me an American flag blanket I would take it. It is a chance for a break with our miserable past.
I would burn it.
I’d wash mine first… Beware of blankets from paleface.
if that was the true agenda, however, the US goal is to completely remove Syria from the map. A larger more extensive “Palestine Exercise”, for a greater Israel and pipeline control. This earthquake to them is a pure gift and an amazing time to sow more seeds or destruction.
It feels like it was man made. I mean, what are the chances…
I hope not, Syria had its problems and was no shining example of a modern society with respect for freedoms that we enjoy, but what is going to come after Assad is almost certainly worse. It is a crime what we have done there, I believe Obama owns that one.
Utter evil. Unless you kowtow and do as we demand, the light on the hill flicks the switch to off as screams and death echo…Nausea…
Whichever period of history you look at, there were beliefs in bad Karma , God’s punushmebt for evil, Hubris and Nemesis. Rulers of the West have since the end of Cold War turned into some otger species, not interested in human traits. They have some other religion, where God is theirs exclusively and justifies all their acts.
Both Turkey and Syria will survive and will remember the unkind, vicious world that has list the last trace of humanity.
Help will come from other parts of the world.
Check out “US Ramps Up Operations Against ISIS in Iraq and Syria”. Does this strike anyone as fake news?? More likely it’s not ISIS but Syrian government people. Along with the oil thefts, the U.S. seems to think it has license to plunder, rape and murder there…
there and everywhere.
Exactly. Ramping up against localnArab population that is not accepting being lorded over by Kurds and their US enablers.
How many protests there were already in thise areas? How many pisters asking US to go and take their Kurdish helpers with them? Countless,
But now, we are responding with force.
Our government has no shame. There is no ISIS. Its financiers and suppliers from Saudi Arabia were ousted in June 2017. ISIS lingered in Mosul fir few more months as Iraq irregular army (translate, not under US tutelage), finished them off. But in Raqqa
— ISIS was allowed to stay as US did not allow Syria and Russia to have access there. So, ISIS stayed until Nivember 2018, curtesy of US invention of SDF to install Kurds in Raqqa. ISiS remnants moved into “refugee camp within US ckntrolled Al-Tand base.
But there is no ISIS. Not anywhere. There is nobody in Arab world funding them. So, who is this mysterious ISIS?
Lies and more lies. But they do not care. Hubris out of control.
Yes, and Russia has already stepped in to help the people of Turkey and Syria. God love Russia!
Yes, China sending planefuls of supplies, Russia in addition to supplies has already sent many rescue teams and rescue equipment. People are out in the cold, simple blankets will do to help immediatelly,
Thank heaven, many coutries are helping. Even poor ones. There are still human hearts beating on this earth. That is where God’s love reside.
Iraq is helping Turkey and Syria, Russia, China and India are sending help to both nations. USA/NATO send some help to Turkey but so far no help for Syria, how small minded can they get. To call it cheap is an understatement.
No humanitarian relief! …But how about some weapons?
Well, OK, as long as they go to the “moderate” terrorists and not the recognized government of the country.
“I’m waiting to see what Uncle Sanctions’ reaction will be to that earthquake. Maybe we’ll put a hold on the Ceasars sanctions until Syra can get back on their feet and claim that to be our humanitarian aid.”
I wrote this yesterday. I guess I got my answer.
LOL Nostradamus Jr
Wasn’t hard. I’m sure there were literally millions who thought the same thing.
Syria is a country in ruin thanks to all the “moderate” Syrian opposition we supported, many of them turned out to be extremists and Al Queda affiliates that actually hate us, and yet all we want is to steal its oil and prevent it from being rebuilt. Why? Because we don’t like their government. Check out this video to see what Syria looks like…It’s a heartbreaking video..
And it being the cradle of civilization!
The American government is heartless and evil. Here is yet another example.
Biden and his people are a bunch of characterless criminals. What a shame for the great nation he will be bragging about at the state of the union address, and the officials will hop up and down applauding, and with standing ovations ever useless, stupid word he utters.
We have really despicable government.
It would be fitting if the teleprompter for Slow Joe when out and he would have to improvise. He can barely get through a few sentences without totally f…n things up.
We have really despicable government.
If it’s any consolation… It’s not really our government.
But they claim they are our government.
Which only proves they’re not.
Worst administration I’ve witnessed in 65 years of watching. Truly disgusting.
By now, when countries hear about our NGOs on the ground providing humanitarian support, they know they’re getting a regime change war instead. Just yesterday, “Turkish minister tells US ambassador ‘Take your dirty hands off Turkey’ as sanctions sparks fly.” https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/turkish-minister-tells-us-ambassador-take-your-dirty-hands-off-turkey-as-sanctions-sparks-fly/ar-AA178Xnd?ocid=a2hs&li=BBnb7Kz
Makes me proud to be an American. If those brutal Russians were doing this we’d be all over them.
America’s cruelty to the people of Syria knows no bounds, and all because they would not overthrow their leader, Assad, and replace him with a U.S. puppet leader.
Wonder what will happen when the Big One hits the St. Louis area, which seismologists predict will occur at some point.
Who’s gonna help, IsraHell? No one else would even bother, we’re so despised.
Glad I don’t live there anymore. Everytime I was on the top level of one of those stacked up overpasses, I’d think about what it would be like if the Big One chose that particular moment.
Scary thought, Thomas…
Amerikkka: the most humanitarian nation on earth.
Does anyone know of a legit organization that I can contribute to regarding the earthquakes?
Certainly don’t contribute to Red Cross…! I would search for any local organizations in Turkey and Syria…!
This criminal act of omission by Biden demonstrates that US sanctions against Syria are directed at the Syrian people. Regime change is evil whether by the US through inhuman sanctions against the people of Syria and Iran or by Russia through a war of aggression against the people of Ukraine.
It’s the inhuman sanctions on the Russian people that have visited evil upon the people of the Earth – not the liberation of Donbass.
The oh so GREAT USA are not big enough to lift the sanctions on Syria, not big enough to aid Syria and Turkey just a little. What a shame.
The US is sending two rescue teams to Turkey, about 150 helper total.
Why would they? Hence the reputation of being called the “Great Satan” in the middle east
On a positive note, this may be a great opportunity for Turkey and Syria mend their differences and be more cooperative. Turkey would love nothing more than to escort millions of displaced Syrians back to their own country.
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