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These are the countries that have said they will send aid to Turkey and Syria to deal with the earthquake


Numerous countries and international agencies promised aid for Turkey and Syria after the earthquake that left more than 5,000 dead. This is the list.

Aerial footage of earthquake destruction in Turkey and Syria 0:50

(CNN Spanish) --

The scenes of destruction and death in Turkey and especially in Syria, a country affected by more than a decade of civil war, after the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that occurred on Monday have gone around the world, while they continue the rescue work.

More than 5,000 deaths and tens of thousands of injuries have been reported in both countries – a figure that will surely continue to rise – after thousands of buildings collapsed as a result of the earthquake.

  • How to help earthquake victims in Turkey and Syria

The epicenter was located 23 kilometers east of Nurdagi, in the Turkish province of Gaziantep, at a depth of 24.1 kilometers, but it was felt throughout the region and strongly impacted northern Syria, where there are more than four million people. people who, because of the war, already depended on humanitarian assistance.

In this context, the Turkish Emergency and Disaster Management Agency (AFAD) asked the international community for help, and many countries have responded to the call to deal with the aftermath of the earthquake.

This is a glimpse.

Catastrophic damage: more than 5,600 buildings collapsed from the earthquake 2:39


Following news of the earthquake, White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said the United States had "contacted Turkish officials to convey that we are ready to provide all necessary assistance."


The United States already has a strong military presence in the country, as a NATO ally, deployed at the Turkish Air Force base in Incirlik, so it can quickly reach the area.

US President Joe Biden said hours later that he had authorized "an immediate response from the United States."

"My administration has been working closely with our NATO ally Turkey and I have authorized an immediate response from the United States," Biden said in a statement Monday morning.

"Our teams are rapidly deploying to begin supporting Turkish search and rescue efforts and addressing the needs of those injured and displaced by the earthquake," Biden said.

He added that "US-backed humanitarian partners are also responding to the destruction in Syria."

This is the footprint of the deadly earthquake that shakes the world 1:04

In addition to the US personnel already on the ground, the United States is "in the process of deploying additional teams, including two 79-person urban search and rescue teams to support Turkish search and rescue efforts," the strategic communications coordinator stated. of the National Security Council, John Kirby.


Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu offered help to his Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar in a phone call on Monday shortly after the earthquake.

Shoigu "offered to provide all necessary help through the military department to the Turkish colleague after the earthquake, including medical assistance to the victims," ​​according to the reading of the call published by the Russian Defense Ministry.

Then Russian President Vladimir Putin held separate phone calls with his Turkish and Syrian counterparts Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Bashar al-Assad on Monday pledging assistance from Moscow following the devastating earthquakes, according to a reading from the Kremlin.

Putin expressed to Erdogan his "deep condolences for the devastating earthquakes" and "reaffirmed his readiness to immediately provide the Turkish partners with the necessary help to eliminate the consequences of this natural disaster," according to the statement.

These valuable archaeological sites are in ruins after earthquake 1:16

Erdogan "warmly thanked" Putin, according to the statement, saying he was instructing the country's competent departments to accept help from Russian rescuers.

In a conversation with Assad, Putin also conveyed his condolences and "offered the Syrian side the necessary help to eliminate the consequences of this catastrophe," which Assad accepted, according to the Kremlin.

"Bashar al-Assad accepted this offer with gratitude, and in the next few hours, rescuers from the Russian Emergencies Ministry will fly to Syria," the Kremlin reading continued.

Russia has a strong military presence in Syria, deployed at the Khmeimim airbase and the port of Tartus, so it can quickly send personnel to the area.

Thus, ten units of the Russian army with a total number of more than 300 soldiers are involved in clearing debris and assisting in search and rescue operations in Syria following the devastating earthquake and aftershocks in the country, the Defense Ministry said. Russia in a statement on Monday.


Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani said that the Qatar International Search and Rescue Group (QSART) will fly to Turkey via airlift from Monday, taking with it specialized search and rescue vehicles, and relief aid, tents and winter supplies to set up field hospitals upon arrival, the Qatar News Agency (QNA) said.

A Boeing C-17A Globemaster III military transport aircraft of the Qatar Air Force at the Al Udeid base in July 2021. (Credit: ANNE LEVASSEUR/AFP via Getty Images)


Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah also ordered the establishment of the airlift to send "urgent aid and medical personnel," the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) said in a statement.


Iraq announced the shipment of aid to earthquake victims in Turkey and Syria, according to a statement released Monday by Prime Minister Mohammed S. Al-Sudani.

"Iraq has today established an airlift with both Syria and Turkey to send urgent aid, including emergency medical supplies, first aid and shelter supplies, as well as medicines and fuel," Al-Sudani explained.


On Tuesday morning, planes carrying aid from Iran and Iraq, including food, medicine and blankets, arrived at Damascus International Airport in Syria, Syrian state media SANA reported.


Israel's President Isaac Herzog tweeted shortly after the earthquake: "The State of Israel is always ready to help in any way possible. Our hearts go out to the bereaved families and the Turkish people at this painful time."

Israel is sending humanitarian aid to Syria -- a country with which it is formally at war and with which it has no formal relations -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday, following the devastating earthquake that struck Turkey near the Syrian border.

The damage left by the earthquake in Turkey 0:50

An Israeli security source later told CNN that Syria had asked Russia to convey to Israel a request for help to deal with the aftermath of the earthquake, but a Syrian source denied this claim.

But an unnamed Syrian official source then categorically denied that there had been any such request, telling the pro-government outlet Al-Watan: "It is shameful that Netanyahu takes advantage of the catastrophe of the earthquake that struck Syria to mislead public opinion and cover up the expansionist and aggressive policies of the occupation".

Israel is also responding to a request for help from the Turkish government by sending two rescue and medical aid missions on Monday, it added.

Two Israeli aid groups were sent on a special flight to Gaziantep on Tuesday to bring personnel and equipment to the victims.

On board there will be at least 10 search and rescue specialists, along with more than a dozen doctors, paramedics, a water expert and mental health specialists, according to authorities.


Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky expressed his condolences to the victims on Twitter and offered help.

“We stand with the people of Turkey at this difficult time.

We are ready to provide the necessary assistance to overcome the consequences of the disaster,” Zelensky said.

Race against the clock: they rescue a young man from the rubble in Turkey 1:36


On Twitter, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that "India stands in solidarity with the people of Turkey and stands ready to offer all possible assistance in dealing with this tragedy," he said.


Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif sent his condolences to the people of Turkey and Syria in a series of tweets.

He further specified that a team consisting of doctors, paramedics and rescue personnel would be sent to Turkey to assist in the rescue and relief efforts, and that a plane with medicines and other essential items would be dispatched soon.

Then the Embassy of Pakistan in Turkey announced the dispatch of rescue and aid teams, as well as supplies to Turkey, which are expected to arrive "very soon", it tweeted on Monday.

"Two C-130 aircraft are ready to leave for Turkiye, the first with relief goods and the other with 36 people for the search and rescue operation," Pakistan's Information Ministry said in a statement, adding: "They could leave tonight or tomorrow morning."


Turkey has sent a formal request for help to NATO, to which it belongs, and its allies to deal with the consequences of the earthquake on Monday.

The country has requested medical assistance and equipment, several urban search and rescue units, as well as "fully equipped field hospitals to withstand extreme weather conditions with technical personnel for assembly."

Look what has happened in Turkey and what can happen after the earthquake 2:31

The response is being coordinated by NATO's Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Center, based at the Alliance's headquarters in Brussels.

European Union

The European Union has activated its crisis response mechanism to more quickly coordinate the bloc's support measures for Turkey and Syria after the devastating earthquakes on Monday.

"The Swedish Presidency has decided on February 6, 2023 to activate the Integrated Political Crisis Response (IPCR) to coordinate EU support measures in response to the earthquake in Turkey and Syria, in close cooperation with the European Commission," the Council of the EU said in a statement.

IPCR agreements strengthen the EU's ability to make quick decisions when faced with major cross-sectoral crises that require an EU-level response, he said.

Through this mechanism, the Council presidency coordinates the political response to the crisis by bringing together the EU institutions, member states and other key players, the EU Council added.


The UN stands ready to support emergency response efforts following the deadly earthquake in Turkey and Syria, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres tweeted on Monday.

"I am deeply saddened by the news of the devastating earthquakes in Turkey and Syria, and offer my sincerest condolences to the families of the victims," ​​he wrote.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) said emergency response teams from the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC), the International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG) and WHO Emergency Medical Teams (EMTs) are being mobilized to Turkey to assist in the humanitarian response.


The World Health Organization activated its network of emergency medical teams in Turkey and Syria to help those affected by the earthquake, the organization's director general tweeted.

The teams will provide "essential health care to the injured and the most vulnerable affected by the earthquake," said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

Doctors without borders

The medical organization Doctors Without Borders (MSF) responded to the "overwhelming needs" following the devastating earthquake in Turkey and Syria, according to a statement from the organization.

"Following the powerful earthquakes that struck southern Turkey and northwestern Syria on February 6, 2023, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams working in northwestern Syria have mobilized with local partners to respond to the growing needs in the area," the statement read.

This is how the earthquake in Turkey was experienced inside an apartment 2:23

Czech Republic

The Czech Republic will send a specialized search and rescue team of 68 people to Turkey after receiving a request for help from Ankara, the Czech Republic fire rescue services reported on Monday.

A fire service official said the USAR (Urban Search and Rescue) team specializes in earthquake search and rescue, and is fully equipped and trained for operations that include finding and removing people from rubble.

Teams include search and rescue canine units and medical personnel.


China expressed condolences and concern over the loss of life and property damage following the devastating earthquake that struck southern Turkey and northern Syria on Monday, said Xu Wei, spokesman for the China Agency for International Development Cooperation.

The spokesperson said that China is in contact with the Turkish and Syrian authorities and that the government is willing to provide emergency humanitarian aid based on the needs of the victims.

The first batch of aid to Turkey will be 40 million Chinese yuan ($5.9 million), and rescue and medical teams will also be sent, as well as emergency supplies, the spokesman for Turkey's Foreign Ministry said Tuesday. China (MOFA), Mao Ning.

Beijing is coordinating with Syria on emergency supplies and speeding up the implementation of ongoing food aid projects, Mao added.

7.8 magnitude earthquake and 6.7 aftershock shake Turkey 1:51

United Kingdom

The UK is sending 76 search and rescue specialists to Turkey following the powerful earthquake that rocked the country early Monday, UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said.

Cleverly said in a statement that the UK is sending "immediate support" to Turkey, "including a team of 76 search and rescue specialists, teams and rescue dogs."

"In Syria, the UK-funded White Helmets have mobilized their resources to respond," he added, pledging to provide further support if necessary.


Austria will deploy 84 members of its Disaster Relief Unit (AFDRU) to Turkey to support rescue operations in the region starting Tuesday, according to a government press release.

The country will also pledge three million euros (US$3.2 million) to support aid organizations in their work on the ground.

Due to the magnitude and impact of Monday's earthquake, Austria "will provide prompt humanitarian aid," Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer said in the press release.

People warm up around a campfire in Kahramanmaras, Turkey, on February 7, after the earthquake.

(Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images)

According to current plans, the Austrian mission is scheduled to last about 10 days.

Three rescue and recovery groups made up of experts in medicine, logistics and hygiene will be able to deploy to two different search locations, according to the government.


A total of 139 rescuers from French civil security will fly to Turkey to help search and rescue efforts, French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said.

In a tweet, Darmanin said the response came "at the request of the president of the republic" and is "part of the European solidarity mechanism."

"France stands in full solidarity with Turkey in these dire circumstances," the minister added.


Greece's Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said he spoke with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday and offered to provide "all necessary additional help" following the devastating earthquakes.

"I have just spoken with President Erdogan. On behalf of the Greek people, I have conveyed my deepest condolences for the devastating loss of human life and I have reiterated our readiness to provide any additional assistance that is necessary," the prime minister said. in a tweet.

Little lost part of her family but she survives among the ruins 0:46

Palestinian Authority

Palestinian medical and civil defense teams will be sent to Turkey and Syria to assist in rescue operations following the deadly earthquake that struck the region on Monday, Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh said in a statement.

"The necessary arrangements have been made for the arrival of rescue teams with the Syrian and Turkish countries to facilitate access to the affected areas and provide assistance to the victims of the earthquake," Shtayyeh said.

La Agencia de Cooperación Internacional Palestina (PICA) desplegará 70 expertos palestinos en Turquía y Siria a finales de esta semana, enviando dos equipos compuestos por defensa civil, el ministerio de salud, la Cruz Roja Palestina y médicos e ingenieros.


El canciller de México, Marcelo Ebrard, informó la tarde de este lunes que en las próximas horas un avión de la Fuerza Aérea del país saldrá con equipos y especialistas de rescate para apoyar las tareas en Turquía.

"Por instrucciones del presidente López Obrador saldrá en las próximas horas avión de la Fuerza Aérea Mexicana con equipos y especialistas de rescate luego del sismo de 7,8 grados Richter con epicentro en Giazantep, Turquía", dijo Ebrard a través de un mensaje en su cuenta de Twitter.

Corea del Sur

El presidente de Corea del Sur, Yoon Suk Yeol, envió sus condolencias al “pueblo de Turquía y Siria” y se ofreció a ayudar a Turquía.

“Corea envía nuestro más sentido pésame a quienes han perdido a sus seres queridos”, tuiteó. “Estamos listos para ayudar a Turquía, una hermandad forjada con sangre durante la Guerra de Corea, en cualquier forma posible”.

La destrucción provocada por el terremoto en Turquía.

El país planea ofrecer ayuda humanitaria por valor de US$ 5 millones a Turquía y enviar alrededor de 110 trabajadores de socorro en casos de desastre y personal militar para apoyar su trabajo de búsqueda y rescate, dijo este martes el Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores de Corea del Sur.


Japan sent the country's Disaster Rescue Team in response to the earthquake in Turkey, according to a statement Monday from the Japanese Foreign Ministry.

"At the request of the Government of Turkey, and in light of Japan's humanitarian perspective and friendly relations with Turkey, Japan has decided to provide this emergency assistance to Turkey to meet its humanitarian needs," the statement read.

The Disaster Rescue Team left for Turkey on Monday night to support search and rescue operations, the statement said.


The German Federal Agency for Technical Assistance (THW) will send a team of 50 recovery experts to Turkey on Tuesday.


Source: cnnespanol

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