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Reference messages came from Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Greece, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Hungary, Italy, Spain, Malta and Slovakia.

13 member states of the European Union (EU) will send search and rescue teams to Turkey in connection with the earthquake in Kahramanmaras.

Balazs Ujvari, one of the official representatives of the European Commission, made a statement at a daily press conference about the earthquakes of magnitude 7.7 and 7.6, the epicenter of which was Kahramanmarash.

Ujvari said that they have mobilized more than 10 urban search and rescue teams from different member countries.

Saying that the aid to be sent by Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, France, Greece, the Netherlands, Poland and Romania has already been approved, Ujvari said that Hungary, Italy, Spain, Malta and Slovakia have also offered aid.

Stating that 13 countries have sent aid so far, Ujvari stressed that the situation continues to evolve.

Ujvari also said that the EU has also activated the Copernicus satellite system to provide emergency mapping services to the Turkish authorities and that communication between the authorities continues.

The representative stated that the EU stands ready to coordinate further support when needed.
Member of the EU commission responsible for crisis management, civil protection and humanitarian assistance Janez Lenarcic previously announced that 10 countries would send teams.


Pointing out that the earthquake also affected a large area in Syria and caused loss of life, Ujvari stressed that the EU has not yet received any requests for support from the Syrian authorities and that they are ready to help if they come.

Ujvari noted that so far the EU is only evaluating the assistance that can be provided through existing humanitarian assistance mechanisms.

Offers of aid from Europe continue to arrive

European officials also continue to express readiness to help Turkey in connection with the earthquake.

Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Péter Szijjártó, in a video he shared on Facebook, said that the Turkish people are a friend of the Hungarian people and that a team of 50 people from Hungary is ready to hit the road if Turkey needs it.

Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa on Twitter: “Portugal will be in solidarity and ready to help in coordinating with our partners.” Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala said: “The Czech Republic will help Turkey with a search and rescue team of 68 people. Departure today at 14.00. day off”. used phrases.

Slovak President Zuzana Caputova said her country is ready to help. French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna: “At the request of President Emmanuel Macron, France is sending search and rescue teams to Turkey. Rescue teams are expected to leave in the coming hours.” general.

German Interior Minister Nancy Faezer said: “We are deeply shocked by the news of a major earthquake that has hit Turkey and Syria and has caused many deaths and injuries. I just met with Ahmet Bashar Shen, Turkish Ambassador to Berlin, and “We mourn the people who have been deeply affected by this terrible natural disaster. Our thoughts are with the families of the victims. We mourn with our Turkish friends and support them during these terrible hours “. said.

Expressing that Germany will mobilize all possible assistance, Faezer said: “THW (German aid organization) can provide emergency shelters and water treatment plants to the camps. request, the Turkish Civil Defense in close cooperation with used the phrase.

The Hellenic Ministry of Climate Crises and Civil Protection said in a statement that 21 firefighters and two search and rescue dogs from the Special Disaster Response Unit (EMAK) from Greece will depart within a few hours in special vehicles. in search and rescue.

The statement indicated that the team would be accompanied by a senior engineer who works in a fire department that specializes in supporting collapsed buildings.

According to the statement, the entire team will take off from Elefsina Airport near Athens in a C-130 aircraft.

The Bulgarian Interior Ministry and the Bulgarian Red Cross Organization (BÇK) have announced that they will send emergency aid and teams to Turkey.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs reported that an expert rescue group of 58 people from the fire department and civil defense units will move to Turkey, as well as a group of 20 vehicles equipped for rescue work.

BÇK also said it was ready to ship 1,000 bedding sets consisting of beds, pillows, blankets, linens, towels and other items.

BÇK said it will send 1,000 blankets and 1,000 bedding sets as a supplement to this aid, and the aid supplement, consisting of 300 kitchen sets, 300 family tents, 300 heaters, 1,000 mattresses and 3,000 blankets, will be prepared from emergency aid. warehouse set up by the Turkish Red Crescent in Bulgaria.

It was stated that if the Turkish side deems it appropriate, a rescue team of 12 people and 5 trained dogs could be sent to Turkey.

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama said: “We are deeply saddened by the news of the devastating earthquake that hit parts of Turkey and Syria this morning. The search and rescue team will leave for Turkey today.” used phrases.

In a written statement from the Netherlands Urban Search and Rescue Group: “A cargo plane with 15-ton heavy rescue vehicles and other cargo is expected to fly from Eindhoven to Turkey in the afternoon. In addition, 65 people and 8 rescue dogs will go by plane, the flight time of which has not yet been determined.” statements have been included.

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