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Which countries have offered to help Turkey and Syria and what aid are they providing?

Numerous countries have rushed to help victims of the devastating earthquake in Turkey and Syria.

The number of deaths is expected to increase significantly , as rescue efforts continue in the ruins and towns of both countries.

Criticism has been levelled at the inability to provide aid for earthquake victims in Syria after years of civil war, as well as condemnation of its ruling regime.

The most recent updates on the Turkey-Syria earthquake


Here’s a look at international aid that has been committed to date.


Image An aircraft of the Royal Air Force has provided aid to Turkey

The UK sent 76 search-and-rescue specialists and dogs with equipment and dogs to Turkey, along with an emergency medical team.

It has also promised to build a field hospital, C-130 Hercules air support team and an aircraft in the next few days.

Britain also reached out to the UN for assistance in Syria. However, efforts were hampered due to poor road conditions at the only crossing.


According to the White House, two search and rescue teams consisting of 79 people were sent by the USA to Turkey to aid officials.

Nearly 100 firefighters and structural engineers from Los Angeles County are involved in the emergency response to Turkey. Six specially-trained dogs also help.

The US Agency for International Development also has pledged $85m (PS70m), in life-saving relief.

Image: Donations to earthquake victims at Washington’s Turkish Embassy. Pic: AP


The Civil Protection Agency of Italy has sent a team of firefighters from Pisa. Meanwhile, the military said that transport flights were carrying medical equipment and personnel to the disaster-stricken regions.


France sent 65 firefighters and 71 rescue workers to Turkey as part of a rescue team.

A high-capacity fieldhospital and 50,000 diphtheria/tetanus vaccinations are also available.

The country will donate EUR500,000 (PS442,795) for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

France pledged EUR12m in emergency assistance to Syria in partnership with non-governmental organizations.


Image Spanish firefighters assist in the rescue effort for Turkey

Spain sent two search and rescue teams with 85 members to Turkey, along with a contingent made up of volunteers firefighters.


To help Turkey, the European Union mobilized search and rescue teams. The Copernicus satellite system was activated to provide emergency mapping services.

Together with Albania, Montenegro, and Serbia, twenty EU countries have pledged 31 search-and-rescue teams and five medical teams.

Brussels stated that it was also open to offering assistance to Syria through its humanitarian aid programmes.


Russian emergency teams were scheduled to fly to Syria.

Russian troops deployed in the country include 10 units with 300 personnel to clear debris and find survivors.

They have also established aid points to distribute humanitarian aid.

Russia also offered support to Turkey.

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Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister, stated that he had approved a request for humanitarian assistance for Syria from a diplomat.

Syria and Israel do not have diplomatic relations, and both countries have been involved in several wars.

The Israeli army also sent a search team consisting of 150 engineers and medical personnel to Turkey. This was in an effort to save lives.


Image: This is a photo of a German rescue dog before being taken to Turkey to aid in the rescue effort. Pic by AP

Germany has sent blankets, tents, and emergency generators to Germany. They are also available to help set up water treatment camps.

It also offered to send teams of the country’s civil protective agency to Turkey.

International Search and Rescue Germany was scheduled to fly many doctors and rescue specialists to Turkey this week.


Austria sent 84 soldiers, doctors, specialists firefighters, and dog handlers from its military disaster relief unit to Turkey.

In addition, the government pledged EUR3m (PS2.7m), in aid.


Poland sent Turkey at first 76 firefighters and eight dogs with equipment.

Later, the country declared that it would send a 52-member medical team and a mobile assistance station as well as mine rescuers.


Image: A plane carrying workers from Athens is loaded by passengers for Adana in Turkey. Pic: AP

Greece sent Turkey 21 rescuers, 2 rescue dogs, and a special rescue vehicle along with a structural engineer and five doctors.

Athens also promised thousands of blankets, tents, and beds, as well medical supplies.


Romania stated that it would send two military aircraft with specialized personnel and material to Turkey.

It has pledged to send food, clothing and other necessities to Syria.


Turkey was offered 40 personnel by Croatia, as well as 10 rescue dogs, vans and equipment for dogs.


Japan had planned to send around 75 rescue workers to Turkey.

South Korea

South Korea has sent a 60-member search and rescue team to Turkey and is providing medical supplies.

According to the government, it will provide an initial $5m (PS4.1m), in humanitarian assistance.

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Pakistan has sent aid supplies and a 50-member search & rescue team.

Daily aid flights were promised by the government to Turkey and Syria.


India promised to send 100 search and rescue personnel, along with specially-trained dogs, to Turkey’s Natural Disaster Response Force.

Authorities said that medical teams with paramedics, doctors and essential medicines will also be heading to the area.


Image Indonesian rescuers are ready for deployment to assist the earthquake victims

This archipelago is often hit by volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. The archipelago has sent search and rescue specialists to aid in relief efforts.


More than 100 rescue workers including army disaster specialists were sent by the country to Turkey, along with 14 search dogs.

Czech Republic

Image: Rescuers from Czechoslovakia in Turkey. Pic: AP

The Czech Republic has committed to Turkey a team consisting of 68 rescuers. This includes firefighters, doctors and structural engineers.


Serbia has provided 21 rescuers and three liaison officers to Turkey.


Montenegro had promised Turkey at least 24 firefighters.


President of Moldova said that 55 rescue workers were sent to Turkey.


Image Lebanon Truck loaded with aid for Syria’s earthquake victims drives through Lebanon

The cash-starved government of Lebanon is sending troops, Red Cross and Civil Defence emergency personnel and firefighters to Turkey.


Jordan has flown an aid aircraft to Turkey, Syria and land convoys with medical supplies to assist with the emergency.


Image A Syrian plane carrying aid to Damascus Airport, Syria

After the earthquake, an Iranian plane delivered assistance to Damascus’ airport.


The security forces of Iraq have been providing emergency assistance to Syria.


Five planes from Egypt have flown emergency assistance to Turkey.


Mexico sent equipment and rescue personnel to Turkey.

New Zealand

New Zealand pledged $632,000 to the Turkish Red Crescent (PS527,000) and $316,000 to the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (PS263,000). These funds were used to provide food, blankets, and medical assistance, as well to purchase tents and blankets.


China has dispatched rescue personnel to help with the response and announced that PS4.9 million will be donated to Turkey’s relief effort.

The Chinese Red Cross also promised PS167,000 to Syria and Turkey.


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