A devastating 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck southeast Türkiye in the early hours of Monday 6 February, followed by several aftershocks, killing thousands of people and injuring many more in the region as well as in bordering Syria.
Both the Turkish Red Crescent and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent are at the very heart of this earthquake response.
In Türkiye, the Turkish Red Crescent deployed teams in affected provinces with stocks of food and basic aid items to support those injured and evacuated. Their teams are distributing hot meals among people outdoors and at emergency shelters.
In Syria, Syrian Arab Red Crescent teams have been responding in hardest hit areas – including Hama, Aleppo, Lattakia and Tartous – since the early hours of 6 February, providing life-saving support, including first aid, emergency medical evacuations and transport to hospitals. Volunteers are on the ground distributing food
In the Palestinian Refugee camps in Syria, Palestine Red Crescent teams are working together with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent to provide life-saving support, including first aid and food distribution.