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02.08.2021 12:11 News >> Messages Of Support Pour In For Turkey's Fight Against Forest Fires

Messages Of Support Pour In For Turkey's Fight Against Forest Fires

Yemen, Palestine and Egypt among those offering condolences and wishing speedy recovery to the injured.

Yemen, Palestine, Egypt, Kyrgyzstan, and Spain conveyed their condolences on Sunday to Turkey, where wildfires have led to deaths and material damage over the past few days.
Yemeni Foreign Minister Ahmad Awad bin Mubarak sent a message to his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu, expressing his condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in the fires, according to Yemen's Foreign Ministry.
Mubarak also wished a speedy recovery for the injured, stressing that Yemen is on the side of the "fraternal" Turkish people in the fight against this natural disaster.
A delegation of Palestinian scholars also issued a message of condolence.
"We are deeply saddened by the wildfires that have erupted in many parts of fraternal country Turkey," it said.
"We extend our condolences to those who lost their lives and to their families. We heartily share the pain of the fraternal Turkish people."
The message also said that Palestine is praying for all of the firefighting teams and wishes them success.
Meanwhile Egypt's Al-Azhar University, the highest seat of learning in the Sunni Islamic world, published a statement expressing its sorrow and conveying its condolences for the forest fire victims and their relatives as well as all the workers and volunteers trying to stem the spread of the massive fires.
Al-Azhar also wished for an urgent healing to the injured, according to their statement on Facebook.
The statement said Al-Azhar was on the side of the Turkish people in the face of this tragic event.
On July 31, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry also sent a message of solidarity to Turkey, which is fighting the fires.
Kyrgyz President Sadyr Japarov also extended his condolences to his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan over the wildfires.
"I am deeply saddened by the news of the loss of life as a result of fires in several provinces of Turkey. In these difficult times, I wish the people of Turkey courage and resilience in overcoming the consequences of this natural disaster," Japarov said in his message.
"On behalf of the people of the Kyrgyz Republic and on my own behalf, I express my condolences to the families and relatives of the victims and wish a speedy recovery to all injured," the statement added.
Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares held a phone call with his Turkish counterpart Cavusoglu to convey the solidarity of Spain and condolences for the victims of the fires.
"Mr. Albares has also informed Mr. Cavusoglu about the decision of the Spanish Government to send two CL 415 firefighting planes and a C-295 transport plane of the Spanish Air Force, as well as a complete team of the Military Emergency Unit (UME), to assist in the extinction of the wild fires," said a statement by the Spanish ministry.
It added that the aircraft, personnel, and equipment would arrive later on Monday, as well as Tuesday.​​​​​
Israel also extended its condolences to Turkey through a written Foreign Ministry statement.
"Following the disaster caused by forest fires in Turkey, the people of Israel are praying for the speedy recovery of the injured and sending their condolences to the families of the victims," it said
Separetly, Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Lior Haiat dismissed social media claims that Turkey "turned down Israel's offer to help," adding that Tel Aviv had contacted Ankara after the fires broke out.
"Today, I extend my condolences for the loss of lives by the deadly wildfires in Turkey. Our solidarity and thoughts are with the people of Turkey and the firefighters battling the blazes," Sweden's Foreign Minister Ann Linde said on Twitter.
"In an immediate response, the European Commission has already helped mobilize 1 Canadair plane from Croatia and 2 Canadairs from Spain. These firefighting aeroplanes are part of rescEU, the European reserve of civil protection assets," the European Commission said in a statement.
"The EU stands in full solidarity with Turkey at this very difficult time. I thank all the countries which have offered help," said EU Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarcic, adding they stand ready to provide further assistance.
Qatar has sent a team to Turkey to take part in search and rescue activities amid the forest fires, local media reported Sunday.
According to Qatar's state news agency QNA, a team from the Qatar International Search and Rescue Group of the Qatari Internal Security Forces departed for Turkey at the instruction of Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani.
Croatia will send a firefighting plane to Turkey as part of the fight against the fires, Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan Grlic Radman said on Twitter
Turkish Agriculture and Forestry Minister Bekir Pakdemirli has said the 119 of 126 fires across 32 cities that erupted since Wednesday have been contained. In a statement, he said efforts are underway to bring the remaining blazes under control.
At least eight people have lost their lives in the fires in addition material damage.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited areas affected by the forest fires, saying 50 million Turkish liras ($5.91 million) have been released to meet urgent needs. -



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