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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Tuesday that Turkey is grateful to all countries for their assistance in search, rescue and relief efforts following the severe earthquake.
The Turkish leader said in a video message sent to the World Government Summit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, that teams have pulled more than 8,000 people alive from the rubble after strong earthquakes struck southern Turkey last week.
He also said that a large number of more than 81,000 people injured in the earthquakes have been discharged from hospitals.
“I would like to once again thank all the friendly and brotherly countries that collect aid day and night for our nation, support our search and rescue efforts with their teams and do not forget us in their prayers.”
Turkey, which has faced one of the “greatest natural disasters” not only in its history, but in the history of mankind, will never forget “the friendship you showed on this dark day”.
He stressed that the earthquake disaster “showed once again the importance of international solidarity” as Turkey received messages of support and sympathy from more than 100 countries, including the United Arab Emirates, which is hosting the summit.
On February 6, two strong earthquakes occurred in the south of Turkey.
The 7.6 and 7.7 magnitude earthquake was centered in Kahramanmaras and occurred in nine other regions – Hatay, Gaziantep, Adiyaman, Malatya, Adana, Diyarbakır, Kilis, Usmania and Şanlıurfa.
They also hit several countries and caused widespread destruction in northern Syria.
According to the latest official statistics, more than 31,600 people have been killed in Turkey, while the number of victims in Syria has exceeded 3,600.