Two Egyptians killed, others slightly injured in Turkey earthquake: Foreign ministry

Ahram Online , Wednesday 8 Feb 2023

Two Egyptians from one family have been reported dead in Turkey’s Hatay province in the devastating earthquake that hit eastern Turkey and neighbouring Syria on early Monday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

Syrian rescuers and civilians gather at a collapsed building on February 7, 2023, in the town of Jandairis, in the rebel-held part of Aleppo province, as search and rescue operations continue following a deadly earthquake. AFP


A number of citizens were slightly injured in Turkey, the ministry said in a Tuesday statement without specifying numbers, adding that the Egyptian Embassy in Ankara is communicating with the injured to check up on them.

No Egyptians were reported among the victims in Syria, the ministry added.

Lists of victims issued by the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs do not include the names of the two Egyptian victims thus far. However, communication between the embassy and Egyptian communities and student unions revealed that the two are among the victims, the statement said without disclosing their names.

The two Egyptians died after the building in which they live in İskenderun district, Hatay province, collapsed as a result of the quake, the statement noted.

The Egyptian foreign ministry added that it contacted one of the two victims’ family members who was not injured in the quake to offer the necessary support.

The embassy is also in touch with the Egyptians the Turkish authorities have moved to shelters after their homes were demolished, the statement added.

There is still no information about Egyptian victims in Syria, the ministry said, noting that the Egyptian Embassy in Damascus contacted an Egyptian who was injured after his house suffered from cracks to check up on him.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in coordination with the Egyptian embassies in Ankara and Damascus, continues to monitor the situation around the clock to report on updates, the statement added.

The horrifying 7.8 magnitude earthquake and aftershocks in Turkey and Syria have claimed the lives of almost 10,000 people in both countries with the number expected to keep rising, making it among the deadliest worldwide over the past decade.

The quake also injured tens of thousands of people and hundreds of thousands were left homeless.

Meanwhile, two Egyptian military aircraft carrying medical aid have arrived at Turkish Adana Airport, according to the Chargé d'Affairs at the Turkish Embassy in Cairo Ambassador Saleh Mutlu Shin. This came a day after President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi ordered sending five military planes carrying emergency medical aid to Turkey and Syria to contribute to relief efforts. 

El-Sisi also presented his condolences in phone calls to both Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday, stressing Egypt’s readiness to send humanitarian assistance and relief to help both the Syrian and Turkish peoples.

Egypt’s embassies in Syria and Turkey launched on Monday hotlines for Egyptians in both countries to report any damage or call for help following the deadly earthquake.

Egyptian Embassy in Ankara: 00905497695566

Egyptian Embassy in Damascus: 00963112144886 - 00963112144885

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