In video: The IDF aid and rescue mission landed in Turkey (IDF spokesperson)
The Israeli rescue mission "Olive Branches" landed in Turkey this morning (Tuesday) and will join the rescue operations in the areas affected by the earthquake.
The delegation, led by the Home Front Command, took off in Air Force planes from the Nabatim base and landed at the Adana airport near the disaster areas.
However, according to Turkish military officials, it turned out that the affected area, which was intended to be transferred to the responsibility of the Home Front Command, was snowy and unsupportable.
Therefore, in the next hour, three vehicles will leave for three different centers to examine sites of destruction where the teams can help quickly.
The Israeli delegation, tonight (photo: official website, IDF spokesman)
IDF spokesman Brigadier General Ran Kochav referred to aid to Syria, where the earthquake also caused great destruction, and said: "We did not receive an instruction to help the Syrians. The mission is an IDF mission." is immediate assistance in the rescue efforts to save lives, through rapid mapping of the destruction sites. At the same time, the delegation is being prepared to provide medical aid to the rescuers.
In the meantime, as a sign of solidarity with Turkey in its difficult time, the city hall in Tel Aviv was lit with the state flag.
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The ruins of the earthquake in Hatay, Turkey, today (Photo: Reuters)
As of now, more than 4,800 people have been killed and about 15,000 injured in the earthquake that occurred in central Turkey and was felt in northwestern Syria.
The first earthquake that struck on the night between Sunday and Monday and at the height of winter, had a magnitude of 7.8 and is one of the strongest felt in the region in the last hundred years.
The second earthquake was close to it in strength - 7.7.
After the magnitude of the disaster became clear, Israel along with dozens of other countries offered Turkey rescue assistance and medical help.
Now, the rescue teams of the Aruf Command will join the ongoing race to rescue those who remain trapped under the ruins of the collapsed houses.
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