A much-awaited aid in the face of a dramatic toll.
France will send 139 Civil Security rescuers to Turkey on Monday evening after the violent earthquake which killed at least 1,900 people in the country and in Syria, according to a provisional report, announced Gérald Darmanin.
“At the request of the President of the Republic, 139 civil security first aiders will fly to Turkey this evening.
(…) France stands in full solidarity with Turkey in these terrible circumstances,” tweeted the Minister of the Interior.
At the request of the President of the Republic, 139 civil security first aiders will fly to #Turkey this evening as part of the European solidarity mechanism.
France stands in full solidarity with Turkey in these terrible circumstances.
– Gerald DARMANIN (@GDarmanin) February 6, 2023
The rescuers are not intended for the time being to intervene in Syria, “it is a device for Turkey”, specified the entourage of the minister.
France stood "ready to provide emergency aid to the populations," Emmanuel Macron tweeted in the morning.
"Terrible images come to us from Turkey and Syria after an earthquake of unprecedented force," added the French president, in a message published in French, then in Turkish.
International aid is organized
Several countries have also announced the sending of relief on the spot to come to the aid of the search operations.
The European Union (EU) has activated its “civil protection mechanism”, and “teams from the Netherlands and Romania are already on the way”, according to the European Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarcic.
Teams were “rapidly mobilized”, from ten EU countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Greece, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania and the Czech Republic.
Sweden, Portugal and Spain have announced their intention to mobilize.
Beyond European borders, the United Kingdom has announced the immediate dispatch of 76 rescuers, as has Switzerland, which will deploy 80 people.
Among the other countries that have indicated that they are willing to provide aid, India, Russia, Israel, Iran and Ukraine.