Earthquake: Turkey’s health minister meets Saudi volunteer relief teams

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Turkish Minister of Health Fahrettin Koca met with teams from the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) and the Saudi Red Crescent that are providing aid to those affected by the earthquake in Turkey and Syria.

The volunteers were given a field tour of quake-hit Hatay – one of the Turkish regions most affected by the tremors. A 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Turkey and Syria on February 6, killing over 41,000 people, injuring hundreds of thousands, and destroying entire villages.

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In the aftermath of the disaster, teams from KSRelief and the Saudi Red Crescent have been on the ground providing aid to victims.

Turkish Minister of Health Fahrettin Koca meets with teams from the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) and the Saudi Red Crescent. (SPA)
Turkish Minister of Health Fahrettin Koca meets with teams from the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) and the Saudi Red Crescent. (SPA)

The Kingdom has also donated millions to both countries and continues to accept donations from citizens and residents through its “Sahem” program – all of which come under the directives of King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The Turkish health minister praised the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s rapid response to the ministry’s request to provide urgent medical aid to the earthquake victims in the affected areas and expressed his gratitude to King Salman and the Crown Prince.

The Saudi relief teams also thanked the Turkish government for providing them with the facilities to perform their humanitarian duties in the affected areas, adding that the Saudi relief airlift included various medical equipment and supplies to help the earthquake victims.

KSRelief teams help victims of the earthquake in Syria. (SPA)

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