The European Union (EU) has shown this Monday its “solidarity” and its willingness to “help” after the death of more than 600 people due to an earthquake of magnitude 7.4 on the open Richter scale in southern Turkey. , near the border with Syria.
“Deeply saddened to learn this morning of the devastating earthquake that has hit parts of Turkey and Syria”said the President of the European Council, Charles-Michelin a message posted on his official account on the social network Twitter.
“My deep condolences to the many families who have lost lives and a speedy recovery to the injured. The EU shows its full solidarity with you“, has manifested.
The High Representative of the EU for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, who lamented that the earthquake has killed “hundreds” of people and “injured many more.” “Our thoughts are with the people of Turkey and Syria. The EU is ready to help ”, she stressed.
For her part, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyenhas shown his “full solidarity” with “the people of Turkey and Syria” after the “deadly earthquake”. “We are mourning with the families of the victims. The support of Europe is already on the way and we are prepared to continue helping in any way we can ”, she has valued.
The EU has activated this monday the Civil Protection Mechanism to coordinate the response to the earthquakeas confirmed by the Crisis Management Commissioner, Janez Lenarcic, who has indicated in a message on social networks that the EU Emergency Response Coordination Center already coordinates the deployment of rescue teams from Europe, being the Netherlands and Romania the first member states to have offered assistance.
UKRAINE, RUSSIA AND ISRAEL OFFER HELP
The Russian President, Vladimir Putinhas transferred his “deep condolences” to his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, for the “great loss of life and massive destruction caused by the powerful earthquake,” according to a statement published by the Kremlin through its website.
Thus, he underlined that Russia “is ready to give all necessary help” to the Turkish authorities, a message that he has also conveyed to the President of Syria, Bashar al Assad, to whom he has also communicated his “sincere condolences” for the “tragic consequences” of the earthquake.
For his part, the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, has sent Erdogan his “sincere condolences” for the earthquake in the south of the country. “I wish a speedy recovery to all the victims. In these difficult times, we will be close to the Turkish people. We are prepared to give the necessary help to overcome the consequences of this disaster.”, he pointed out in his account on the social network Twitter.
The Israeli Foreign Minister has expressed himself along these lines, Eli Cohen, who has shown his “deep regret” for the “serious earthquake.” “Our hearts go out to the victims and we wish the injured a speedy recovery. I have ordered the Israeli Foreign Ministry to spearhead a rapid aid program for Turkey to deal with this grave disaster.”, he has detailed.
Israel’s Defense Minister, Yoav Gallanthas reported that has ordered the Army “to prepare to give emergency aid” and has pointed out that “The security forces are prepared to give all the necessary help”while indicating that the Israeli rescue teams “accumulate a lot of experience over the years in disaster areas and in the mission of saving lives.”
The Israeli president, isaac herzog, has also conveyed his condolences to Erdogan in the face of this “enormous disaster”. “The State of Israel is always ready to help in any way possible. Our hearts go out to the bereaved families and to the Turkish people at this painful time,” the president highlighted through his Twitter account.
THE SPANISH EMBASSIES, OPERATIONAL
The president of the Government, Pedro SanchezHe said via Twitter, “My solidarity with Turkey and Syria in the face of one of the biggest earthquakes in their history.”
Sánchez has also communicated that the Ministry of the Interior, through Civil Protection, has activated to the Military Emergency Unit (UME)members of the Community of Madrid and urgent air transport to support search tasks after the request of the European Civil Protection Mechanism.
For her part, the Minister of Social Rights and leader of Podemos, Ione Belarra, has been “shocked” on the same social network by the “terrible images” in Turkey and Syria as a result of the earthquake, expressing “all” support from the Executive.
From the Ministry of Foreign Affairs they have shown their condolences on behalf of the Government of Spain and has advanced on Twitter that the Spanish embassies in the affected areas “are monitoring the situation and verifying the traveler recordswithout any calls from Spanish citizens to their emergency numbers having been received at this time”.
The department that leads Jose Manuel Albares has indicated that Spain has mobilized “immediately” troops and UME drones that are going to travel to the Malatya airport (Turkey)where the Turkish authorities have located the international aid center.
“Spain is preparing additional aid that the affected countries and their populations may require,” Foreign Affairs pointed out.
And in line with Sánchez, the Ministry of the Interior has indicated that the European Civil Protection Mechanism has requested the urgent dispatch of aid for urban search and rescue.
So far, more than 280 deaths and 2,300 injuries have been confirmed in Turkey, as well as nearly 240 deaths and 640 injuries in areas of Syria controlled by the authorities. To these figures we must add more than 90 dead and 500 wounded in areas controlled by the rebels in the provinces of Aleppo and Idlib, as detailed in statements to the German news agency DPA by the president of the Syrian American Medical Society. , Basel Termanini.
(with information from EP)
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