"We've deployed more than 150 search and rescue personnel to Türkiye," US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said at a joint press conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, APA reports.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the loss of life in the earthquake in Turkiye and Syria that has killed over 11,500 people has been "truly staggering, shocking."
"We, I think, along with people around the world, are mourning those who've been lost and also our thoughts are so with those who have lost loved ones. So far, we've deployed more than 150 search and rescue personnel to Türkiye. We have US helicopters that are helping to reach areas that would otherwise be difficult to access," Blinken said.
The US Secretary of State noted that his country also helps Syria:
"In Syria we have NGO partners that we have funded over the years that are providing life-saving assistance to those in need. Across both countries we've deployed experienced emergency managers, hazardous materials technicians, engineers, logisticians, paramedics, planners, others, along with about 170,000 pounds of specialized tools and equipment,"
Blinken said that in the days ahead, we'll have more to say about how we'll continue to support both the Turkish and Syrian people as they work to recover from this devastation.