Turkey, Syria Over Devastating Earthquake: African Leader’s Send Condolences

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African leaders are expressing condolences and solidarity with Türkiye and Syria after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit region of the two countries Monday. They included the presidents of Ethiopia, South Africa, Nigeria, Senegal, Somalia, Burundi and Gambia. Also the AU speaker Moussa Faki- Mahamat in a tweet welcomed the” global outpour of support and solidarity”.

Their condolences come as dozens of nations and organizations offered to help with rescue labors in southern Turkey and northern Syria after Monday’s earthquakes that have earlier killed over 5000 people.

As part of aid from Africa, Algeria dispatched an 89-member civil protection team to Turkey and a 85- member one to Syria to help in the rescue labors, along with 210 tonnes of humanitarian aid for both countries according to its national day-to-day Echorouk El-Yawmi. President Kais Saied of Tunisia on his part, ordered “ humanitarian aid ”for both Turkey and Syria, including 14 tonnes of covers and food. Saied also appealed for volunteer medics to be flown out on Tunisian military aircraft, officials said.

The EU has also mobilized speedily. It says further than 30 search and rescue or medical teams are on their way to Turkey (Must have arrived). This would mean further than,200 rescue workers heading to the affected areas and 70 detection pooches.

Russian President Vladimir Putin also said he was dispatching rescue workers to both countries after addresses with his counterparts Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Bashar al- Assad.

The United States, meanwhile, said it was” committed” to helping people” on both sides” of the Turkish-Syrian border, but Washington ruled out dealing directly with the Syrian government.

Some 15 other countries, including Ukraine, have also pledged aid, as the search for survivors in the flotsam continues. Our teams are on the ground assessing the requirements and giving assistance. We count on the international community to help the thousands of families hit by this disaster, numerous of whom were earlier in dire need of humanitarian aid in areas where access is a challenge, ”UN Secretary- General Antonio Guterres said.

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