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Rescuers from all over the world rush to Turkey and Syria after deadly quake

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Countries have rushed to dispatch aid, personnel and equipment to help rescue efforts in earthquake-stricken areas of Turkey and Syria.

Here is a guide to what is being provided so far:

– The UK is sending 76 search-and-rescue specialists with equipment and dogs, as well as an emergency medical team, to Turkey. The UK also says it is in contact with the UN about getting support to victims in Syria.

– The European Union has mobilized search and rescue teams to help Turkey, while the Copernicus satellite system has been activated to provide emergency mapping services. At least 13 member countries have offered assistance. The EU said it is also ready to offer help to Syria through its humanitarian assistance programmes.

– The United States is coordinating immediate assistance to Turkey, including teams to support search and rescue efforts. US-supported humanitarian partners are also responding to the destruction in Syria.

– Russian rescue teams from the Emergencies Ministry are preparing to fly to Syria, where Russian military deployed in that country has already sent 10 units comprising 300 people to help clear debris and search for survivors. The Russian military has set up points to distribute humanitarian assistance. Russia has also offered help to Turkey, which has been accepted.

– Israel is dispatching teams to Turkey. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he has also approved a request for humanitarian aid for Syria, received through a diplomatic official. Israel and Syria do not have diplomatic relations and the two countries have fought several wars.

Spanish firefighters load a case onto an airport trolley at Barajas international airport on the way to help with a rescue mission in Turkey before boarding a flight in Madrid, Spain

– Germany’s THW technical aid agency is preparing deliveries of emergency generators, tents and blankets. The agency is also prepared to set up camps with water treatment equipment.

– Neighbor and historic regional rival Greece is sending Turkey a team of 21 rescuers, two rescue dogs and a special rescue vehicle, together with a structural engineer, five doctors and seismic planning experts in a military transport plane.

– Lebanon’s cash-strapped government is sending soldiers, Red Cross and Civil Defence first responders, and firefighters to Turkey to help with its rescue efforts.

– Jordan is sending emergency aid to earthquake-hit Syria and Turkey on the orders of King Abdullah II.

– The Czech Republic is sending Turkey a team of 68 rescuers, including firefighters, doctors, structural engineers and also experts with sniffer dogs.

– Swiss rescue dog service REDOG is sending 22 rescuers with 14 dogs to Turkey.

– Japan is sending a group of about 75 rescue workers to Turkey.

– Austria has offered to send 84 soldiers from a military disaster relief unit to Turkey.

– Spain was preparing to send two Urban Search and Rescue teams to Turkey with 85 personnel, and a contingent of volunteer firefighters.

– Poland is sending Turkey 76 firefighters and eight trained dogs, with equipment.

– Romania is sending specialist personnel and material to Turkey on two military aircraft.

– Croatia is sending 40 men and 10 dogs, rescue equipment and vans to Turkey.

– Serbia is sending 21 rescuers and three liaison officers to Turkey.

– Montenegro is sending at least 24 firefighters to Turkey.

– Egypt has pledged urgent humanitarian aid to Turkey.

– Italy’s Civil Protection Agency has offered assistance to Turkey. A fire-fighting team was preparing to leave from Pisa.

– France is dispatching rescue teams to Turkey.

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