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Turkish cargo plane carrying aid to earthquake victims lands in Sulaimani

By Rudaw 13/11/2017
A Turkish cargo plane moments after it landed at Sulaimani airport on Monday, November 13, 2017. Photo: Cetiner Cetin
A Turkish cargo plane moments after it landed at Sulaimani airport on Monday, November 13, 2017. Photo: Cetiner Cetin
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region -  A Turkish military cargo plane carrying medical supplies and a search-and-rescue team landed in Sulaimani on Monday to aid the victims of last night’s earthquake which struck the Kurdistan Region, Turkey’s Health Minister Ahmet Demircan confirmed.

Demircan added dispatching the aid was not at Baghdad’s request, but that they decided to do so, a move which was appreciated by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). 

At least seven people were killed in Darbandikhan and Sulaimani in Sunday night’s earthquake that shook the Kurdistan Region, local officials said, and more than 300 hospitalized for injuries. The epicenter of the earthquake was near the town of Halabja near the Iranian border.
The plane was loaded with "A 20-strong search team and another medical team of 10 from the Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD), two vehicles, 60 tents, 320 blankets and medical supplies," Turkish Anadolu Agency reported.

Sending the humanitarian assistance comes at a time when Baghdad has imposed a travel ban to and from the Kurdistan Region’s airports, as part of its harsh measures in response to the Region’s September 25 independence referendum.

“Turkey stands with the brotherly victims of the earthquake,” Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said in a statement on Sunday night, adding his country was “greatly saddened” by casualties.

The Turkish Red Crescent also announced it was sending supplies from warehouses in Adana, Mus and Elazig to Erbil. The aid includes 3,000 tents, 10,000 blankets, a mobile kitchen, 3,000 heaters and 10,000 beds.

The shipment will be delivered to Erbil and the aid organization will work with its Iraqi and Iranian counterparts, it added.

"Our pioneering teams from [Erbil] and Silopi warehouses are on their way. We estimate that about 20-30 thousand people are affected by the earthquake," the Turkish Red Crescent quoted the organization's vice president, Dr. Kerem Kinik as saying.

US geological survey reported it was a 7.3-magnitiude earthquake. The local geological society assured people that “there was no fear of a second earthquake."


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Guest | 13/11/2017
Oh what humanitarians! the bloody Turkish regime thinks they can wipe everything clean by sending "aid", just two days ago they were dropping bombs on people near that area. People are not stupid, maybe they will take the aid out of common courtesy and politeness but they will not start respecting you or liking you, this changes nothing
Turkey is a snake | 13/11/2017
When Wan(van) was struck by a quake, Turks sent them rocks and turkish flag
peter ruyten | 13/11/2017
@Guest And this is why Kurds will never have an independent state and why Kurds will always be slaughtered by their 'masters'. You always want HELP. And you always support organisations like the PKK, who recently killed a 15 year old boy. And Turks aren't allowed to bomb the PKK? You guys promised the YPG didn't have anything to do with the PKK. How come YPG fighters switch over to the PKK (Norwegian terrorist dude switched from the YPG to PKK)? You want help with everything. The little cute Kurds are always the victim right? We told you, create your independent state wherever you want, BUT DON'T SUPPORT TERRORISM! But you couldn't do it. You had to kill and harm Turkish civilians. And yet, the Turks come to the rescue when mother nature screws your people over. And what do you do? You're being ungrateful. It's time for the Kurds to stop sucking western testicles by fighting against ISIS like everybody else. You were being used from the beginning, and again, the Turks warned you. But you thought that because a few western people liked you, you could have the world after ISIS is gone. Guess what, the Turks were right again. You've been dropped the second ISIS started to weaken. You better be grateful to the Turks in this case, before you all get slaughtered again and beg Turkey to help you. Ungrateful lapdogs, that's what you are.
sam | 13/11/2017
@Guest, we bomb terrorists, and will continue to do so until the last pkk or its terrorist supporters remain. but we also support our kurdish brothers, who are in need, we helped them when iraq stop paying to KRG by allowing oil exports, and will continue to support them whenever and whenever they need. there is one one condition. stay peaceful and under full autonomy inside united iraq.
Volkan | 14/11/2017
The bombs dropped was on your so-called guerillas (Terrorists) called the PKK. Also recognized by US / Europe to be Terrorists. It is not out of politeness that we are helping, but because Kurds and Turks are brothers in that region, not racial brothers, but brothers in Islam. The rest is irrelevant to us Turks. We love our Salahaddin Ayubbi's and will protect them, but transgressors will be NEUTRALIZED. We are the ONLY country that sent help. We are the ONLY country that has accepted millions of Kurds when Saddam was killing our brothers.

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