GCC rescue teams have joined the international efforts to help the people of Turkey and Syria after the catastrophic earthquake. The wider population has started to make efforts to assist by collecting clothes, medicine and other things that are needed.
The government created creation of an air bridge that started transferring medical aid, shelter, food and logistical assistance to help the Syrian people. In addition, six aid flights took King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) volunteer teams to provide on-ground support and aid in Syria and Turkey. Saudi rescue and medical emergency teams will assist in rescue efforts in both countries.
The Saudi government will be accepting donations through its “Sahem” program from citizens, and will donate the income to both Turkey and Syria – so far $50 million has been donated.
The Emirati search and rescue teams succeeded in rescuing a Syrian family of a mother, son and two daughters from under the rubble of their house in a 5-hour-operation.
The UAE’s government sent seven flights with search and rescue teams with field hospitals to Turkey, while sending urgent relief supplies and aid to the hardest-hit areas of Syria.
President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan ordered the release of $100 million for those affected. The sum will be equally split between Syria and Turkey, with each getting $50 million.
The Kuwaiti government launched Kuwait’s humanitarian Air Bridge to send firefighting, military and other government agencies, in addition to aid and medical equipment.
The Kuwaiti government launched a donation campaign in collaboration with charities, non-government organizations, civil society organizations, the private sector, citizens and residents in order to collect and send relief aid.
The Qatari International Search and Rescue Group of the International Security Force (Lekhwiya) started rescue and search operations in Turkey. It will set up field hospitals with relief tents and winter supplies. Members of its internal security force will bring search, rescue, aid and medical equipment.
In addition, the Qatar Charity (QC) began to distribute 27,000 ready-to-eat meals to the earthquake victims. A convoy of 4 aid consignments, first aid, clothes and food has been sent.