UAE, Saudi, Qatar continue relief efforts for Türkiye, Syria’s quake victims

A jet departed yesterday transporting 37 tons of medical kits
UAE, Saudi, Qatar continue relief efforts for Türkiye, Syria’s quake victims
Emirati crew saves Syrian family from wreckage of their home in Türkiye (Photo Credit: WAM)

37 tons of medical supplies have been sent by the UAE to help those affected by the deadly earthquakes in Syria and Türkiye.

The cargo jet that departed yesterday night transported 37 tons of medical kits.”

According to the report, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the UAE’s vice president, and  Prime Minister gave the order for the assistance jet to fly to Türkiye and Syria.

Additionally, the Bridges of Goodness relief drive has been launched by the Red Crescent in the UAE to help those impacted by earthquakes.

On Tuesday, the President of the UAE Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan approved $100 million for aid projects in Syria and Türkiye.

The World Bank has promised $1.78 billion to Turkey in relief and recovery assistance.

Following the deadly earthquakes that devastated Turkey and Syria, many countries including the UAE, Saudi, and Qatar announced donations to assist the victims.

Saudi’s King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) also launched its official aid program to provide on-the-ground support and aid people, Supervisor General Dr. Abdullah Al Rabeeah announced on Wednesday.

Similarly, Qatar announced that it would donate 10,000 mobile houses to both nations.

Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani ordered the launch of an airlift to help quake victims in Türkiye.

State news agency QNA said a rescue team, a field hospital, relief aid, tents, and winter supplies will also be dispatched to the country.

Death toll


The death toll from the earthquakes in Türkiye and Syria has surpassed 21,000 people. According to Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay, at least 18,342 people have been killed in Türkiye, while at least 3,377 have been killed in Syria.

According to Türkiye’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD), the number of people injured rose to 74,242.

AFAD said that 75,780 quake victims have been evacuated from the quake zone in southern Türkiye and that more than 121,000 personnel were involved in the rescue and relief efforts.

There have been 1,509 aftershocks, it added.

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