Syria's Assad says earthquake response demands outstrip govt resources

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said the scale of last week's deadly earthquake demanded more resources than what the Syrian state had available to it and thanked states that had provided aid in its aftermath, including "Arab brothers and friends."

"The scale of the disaster and the duties we must undertake are much greater than available resources," Assad said, in his first televised address since the earthquake in the dead of night on Monday.

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