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Sudan Sending Syria Quake Aid

FILE - Sudan's military leader General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan stands at the podium in Khartoum, Sudan. Taken Dec. 5, 2022.

Sudan has sent a flight carrying 30 tons of aid to quake-hit Syria, with military leader Abdel Fattah al-Burhan calling Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to offer support, officials said Monday.

The supplies sent to Damascus, "food, medical supplies, blankets and other materials", followed a similar delivery of aid to Turkey on Friday, the foreign ministry in Khartoum said.

Sudan's General al-Burhan called President Bashar al-Assad "to offer condolences" after the 7.8-magnitude tremor on February 6.

On Monday, the confirmed death toll rose to 35,224 as officials and medics said 31,643 people had died in Turkey and at least 3,581 in Syria.

Khartoum maintained diplomatic relations with Damascus even after the 2011 suspension of Syria from the Arab League over bloodshed in its civil war.