The dispatch and arrival of aid and rescue teams accelerated from many countries to Turkey and Syria to face the repercussions of the devastating earthquake that struck southern Turkey and spread to northern Syria at dawn on Monday, and many countries launched donation campaigns to finance search and rescue efforts and relief for the afflicted.
Today, Tuesday, the Tunisian authorities sent two aid shipments and two rescue teams to Turkey and Syria, the first consisting of 41 members heading to Turkey, and the other consisting of 20 members heading to Syria, as well as two planes carrying aid, including food, blankets, and medicines.
An aid team from the United States is heading to Turkey to participate in the search and rescue work, and the team includes 161 members, in addition to 12 dogs.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said - today, Tuesday - that his country has deployed more than 150 search and rescue personnel in the earthquake areas in Turkey.
In the UAE, President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan decided to provide 50 million dollars for the relief of those affected by the earthquake in Syria, and the same amount for Turkey.
Bridges and teams
Today, Tuesday, the King of Saudi Arabia, Salman bin Abdulaziz, and his Crown Prince, Muhammad bin Salman, ordered the operation of an air bridge to support Turkey and Syria in facing the earthquake that struck them, provided that this bridge is implemented by the King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Action (a government agency), and the bridge will carry health, shelter, food and logistical aid to alleviate earthquake effects.
And yesterday, Monday, 14 Arab countries announced the establishment of air bridges and the provision of urgent relief and medical aid to support Turkey, and the list of countries includes Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, the Emirates, the Sultanate of Oman, Egypt, Lebanon, Algeria, Jordan, Bahrain, Libya, Tunisia, Palestine and Iraq, according to official data.
Earthquake #Turkey..Part of the participation of the Algerian rescue team in search and rescue operations in the state of #Addiman https://t.co/VJD8bqhzv9 pic.twitter.com/1TxB6IfU2X
— ANADOLU AGENCY (AR) (@aa_arabic) February 7, 2023
Egypt sent 5 military relief planes to support Turkey and Syria in facing the earthquake, and the aid includes medical supplies.
European Commission spokesman Eric Mamer said in a press briefing that the union is mobilizing more than 30 teams to participate in rescue operations and treatment of those injured in the earthquake in Turkey.
Mamer explained that there are some medical and other teams specialized in search and rescue operations, in addition to 70 dogs trained to detect the whereabouts of the missing.
He added that the teams are made up of 19 member states of the federation, in addition to Montenegro and Albania.
Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for the Secretary-General of the United Nations, said that the organization has allocated a first batch of aid to Turkey at a value of 25 million dollars, adding that the United Nations will try to deliver aid to northern Syria after repairing the roads damaged by the earthquake.
The British Foreign Office said that a British search and rescue team consisting of 77 people had arrived in Gaziantep, southern Turkey.
The arrival of a Pakistan Air Force C-130 carrying the first USAR crew in Adana, #Turkey.
The team is now participating in search and rescue activities in coordination with the Disaster and Emergency Department.pic.twitter.com/hMXf1LrAxq
- Fatma (@Fatma_Kh_) February 7, 2023
In turn, Pakistani Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif instructed the formation of a relief fund for those affected by the earthquake in Turkey.
The Pakistani government said in a statement that all members of the Cabinet will donate a month's salary, while all state employees will donate a day's salary to the relief fund.
The King of Saudi Arabia and his crown prince directed the organization of a popular campaign through the (governmental) Sahem platform to help the earthquake victims in Syria and Turkey.
Greece, Italy and Germany launched cash and in-kind donation campaigns to support the earthquake victims.
On Monday, the Turkish Islamic Union for Religious Affairs in Germany launched a donation campaign for those affected by the earthquake in Turkey.