ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has given five million Syrian pounds as well as school desks, chairs, clothing, food and stationery items to Latakia Governorate, one of the 14 governorates of Syria, the Syrian Arab News Agency said.
Earlier this month, Pakistan had sent medical equipment and protective gear to Syria to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic in the war-torn country.
The Latakia Governorate has recently been hit by widespread wildfires.
“The gift was presented by Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in Damascus, Saeed Muhammad Khan, after a campaign launched at the school in cooperation with the educational and administrative staff and under supervision from the Pakistani embassy to stand by citizens affected by the fires,” SANA said in a report.
“While receiving the gift, Governor of Lattakia, Ibrahim Khader Al-Salem, stressed that Pakistan has always stood by Syria and its rights … adding that this initiative reflects the depth of relations and friendship and amity that connect the two peoples and countries.”
Syria has so far recorded over 7,000 cases, with 376 deaths. The United Nations has said the country is at high risk of a major outbreak because of a fragile health system devastated by a nine-year war and lack of sufficient equipment to detect the virus, alongside large numbers of vulnerable people.
The World Health Organization has warned that the country has a limited capacity to deal with a rapid spread of the virus.