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Turkey-Syria earthquake: The countries that have offered help

Dozens of countries send rescue workers, equipment, and aid to Turkey and Syria following 7.8-magnitude quake
A man reacts as the body of his baby is pulled out from the rubble by a White Helmets rescue worker in Harim, in Syria's northwestern Idlib province, on 8 February 2023.
A man reacts as the body of his baby is pulled out from the rubble by a White Helmets rescue worker in Harim, in Syria's northwestern Idlib province, on 8 February 2023 (AFP)

Countries across the world have rushed to dispatch aid to Turkey and Syria after a powerful earthquake and several aftershocks killed over 39,000 people, injured tens of thousands, and left countless people homeless.

The earthquake toppled thousands of buildings, including hospitals, schools and apartment blocks. Rescue efforts continue across wide areas of devastation in both countries.

Here are details of some of the aid promised so far:


Algeria sent an 89-member civil protection team to Turkey and an 85-member team to Syria to help in rescue efforts, along with 210 tonnes of humanitarian aid to both countries, the Algerian newspaper Echorouk El-Youmi reported.

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Australia has sent a 72-person team to Turkey to aid in search and rescue efforts, as well as 22 tonnes of emergency equipment, including medical supplies, cameras, and underground listening equipment.


Austria has sent 84 soldiers from a military disaster relief unit to Turkey. It also sent doctors, specialist firefighters, and dog handlers.

The country has so far pledged $3.7m in assistance.


Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Ottawa would send $10m in aid to Turkey and Syria, as well as food, emergency fuel and shelter items.

Ottawa also deployed a disaster assessment team to Turkey.


China has said it will give $5.9m in emergency aid to help Turkey's relief efforts, state broadcaster CCTV reported.

The country's Red Cross will give $200,000 emergency aid each to Turkey and Syria, it added.


Croatia pledged 40 personnel and 10 dogs, and rescue equipment to Turkey.

Czech Republic

The Czech Republic sent to Turkey a team of 68 personnel, including firefighters, doctors, structural engineers and experts with rescue dogs.


Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has pledged to offer assistance and humanitarian aid to Turkey, and on Tuesday spoke with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and offered relief aid.

Sisi's office said the president also offered his condolences to the victims of the earthquake and his well wishes to the injured.

European Union

Twenty-seven search and rescue teams have been mobilised to look for survivors in Turkey, EU Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarcic said.

The units come from 19 European countries, including non-EU members Montenegro and Albania, and are made up of 1,150 rescue workers and 70 dogs.


France sent rescue teams comprising 71 rescue workers and 65 firefighters to Turkey, as well as a high-capacity field hospital and 50,000 diphtheria and tetanus vaccines.

The country is donating $539,000 to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

It additionally pledged $13m in assistance to Syria.


German Chancellor Olaf Scholz held a phone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and said the country sent a search and rescue team for Turkey with 50 rescuers and equipment.

Germany has also offered temporary visas to Syrian and Turkish victims of the earthquakes who have family already in the country.


Turkey's neighbour and historic regional rival Greece said it would be sending 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 to Turkey.

Despite decades of animosity and recent tension over migration and hydrocarbon exploration, Greece and Turkey have a long history of helping each other during earthquakes.


Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was "anguished" and "deeply pained" by the deaths in Turkey, with whom India has frosty relations, and Syria.

The country's foreign ministry said that two National Disaster Response Force teams, comprising 100 personnel with dog squads and equipment, were ready to be flown to the affected area.


Iran's foreign ministry spokesperson Nasser Kanaani expressed "condolences and deep sympathy" to the quake-hit countries and expressed the Islamic Republic's readiness to help the victims.

"If there is a need for the presence of relief and health institutions of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the earthquake-affected areas, we will fulfil our moral responsibility," Kanaani said, describing the offer as a "human and Islamic responsibility".

Tehran has so far sent seven planes full of aid to Syria, according to the semi-official IRNA news agency, with the latest delivering 30 tonnes of food and powdered milk to Aleppo.


Iraq said it would send civil defence teams to Turkey and Syria with emergency aid and relief supplies. Iraq's Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) also sent 13 humanitarian aid trucks to northwestern Syria.


The Israeli army said it was sending a search and rescue team of 150 engineers, medical personnel and other aid workers to Turkey.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he gave the go-ahead to send aid to earthquake-hit Syria after "receiving a request" through diplomatic channels, as the neighbouring countries have no official relations.

But a Syrian official told reporters that Damascus “ridiculed and denied the allegations" that it requested aid from Israel. "How can Syria ask for help from an entity that has killed… Syrians for decades?" the official said.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also met with Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen, and Israeli leader promised to continue assisting Ankara in relief efforts.


Japan said it would send a group of 75 rescue workers to Turkey.


Jordan's King Abdullah II dispatched a plane carrying a team of five doctors and 99 rescuers as well as "logistical and other equipment".

It also sent a field hospital with a medical team of 110 doctors, nurses, and administrators.


Kuwait sent two military planes carrying aid and pledged to establish an air bridge that will include rescue equipment, medical and relief aid to both countries.

The government said the aid would be sent in coordination with the Red Crescent, the Ministry of Health and the Kuwaiti army.

The country's General Fire Force will also be assisting with disaster relief, having assisted firefighting efforts in Turkey, Greece and North Africa in 2021. 


Lebanon's cash-strapped government said it was sending soldiers, Red Cross and Civil Defence first responders, and firefighters to Turkey and Syria to help with its rescue efforts.

The Lebanese Army is sending 15 engineers to Syria and 20 to Turkey. 

Lebanese Minister for Public Works and Transport Ali Hamieh said Lebanon will waive taxes and fees for any humanitarian aid arriving at its airports and ports.

Lebanon's powerful Hezbollah movement has sent a convoy of 23 trucks carrying food and medical aid to Syria's quake-stricken province of Latakia, a stronghold of Bashar al-Assad.


Malaysia deployed 70 members of its Special Malaysia Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team to assist rescue efforts in Turkey.

Malaysian Foreign Minister Zambry Abdul Kadir said he had spoken to his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu, for a full update on the situation.

"I am sad to say, the destruction is massive and the countries affected by the earthquake will require support from everyone," Zambry said in a statement on Monday.

The country also agreed to send $2m for relief efforts in both countries.

New Zealand

New Zealand pledged a total of $1.5m to both Turkey and Syria to deliver items such as food, tents and blankets, as well as providing medical assistance.


Norway said it will donate $14.5m that would go towards helping victims in Turkey and Syria.


Poland sent 76 firefighters, eight trained dogs, and equipment to Turkey. It has also sent a 52-person team of medical personnel and a mobile aid station.


Pakistan dispatched a C-130 plane carrying a search and rescue team, according to a statement from the prime minister’s office said.

Meanwhile, a 50-member rescue team, along with 25 tonnes of relief goods, left for Turkey on a Pakistan International Airlines flight, the statement added.


The emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, expressed his condolences in a phone call with Erdogan.

State news agency QNA said the emir expressed Qatar's support for the "sisterly" country "in mitigating the serious humanitarian repercussions left by the earthquake".

Doha also said it would send 120 rescue workers to Turkey, alongside "a field hospital, relief aid, tents and winter supplies".

Government-funded Qatar Charity said it was distributing 27,000 hot meals in the Turkish city of Gaziantep, where it has an office, and is supplying relief items to shelters in Turkey and Syria. The group allocated $6m for the first stages of its response.

Qatar said that it planned to send 10,000 cabins and caravans from last year's World Cup to provide shelter for survivors of the Turkish earthquakes.


Romania said it would send specialised personnel and material to Turkey, and it would send food and clothing to Syria.


Russia has sent rescue teams to go to both Turkey and Syria to help the victims.

Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke with the Syrian and Turkish presidents to express his condolences over the death and destruction caused by the earthquake.

The country's military deployed in Syria have also dispatched 10 units comprising 300 people to help clear debris and search for survivors.

According to Russian news agency TASS, Moscow also delivered 36 tonnes of humanitarian aid to Turkey.

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman directed the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center to operate an air bridge and provide medical supplies, humanitarian relief and other logistical support to the disaster zones in both countries.

A Saudi plane carrying 35 tonnes of aid arrived in Damascus, the first such shipment by the kingdom to Bashar al-Assad-controlled territory since the Syrian war erupted over a decade ago.

It also sent a first aid convoy of 11 trucks to rebel-held northwestern Syria, loaded with 104 tonnes of food and tarpaulins, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

Three Saudi planes arrived in the southern Turkish city of Adana with rescue teams, ambulances, volunteers, and more than 200 tonnes of relief and medical supplies, according to the SPA.

South Africa

South Africa's disaster relief organisation Gift of the Givers sent teams to the hardest-hit areas, including rescue dogs and their handlers.

South Korea

South Korea deployed a 60-person search and rescue team to Turkey, and said it will provide medical supplies.


Sweden, which is currently at odds with Turkey over Ankara's refusal to accept its Nato membership, said on 7 February that it would send $2.8m in aid, after committing $660,000 the previous day.

On 14 February, it announced an additional $7.7m for Syria, as well as an additional 300 family tents to earthquake victims in Turkey.


Switzerland said it would send more than 100 rescue workers to Turkey along with 14 search dogs.


Tunisia said it would be sending 14 tonnes of blankets, food and baby formula, as well as other donations gathered by the Tunisian Red Crescent, to Turkey and Syria following the earthquake.

A team of rescuers from the Tunisian civil protection force and volunteer doctors are also expected to head to both countries soon, according to state news agency TAP.

"Tunisia is fully ready to stand with its brothers in Syria and Turkey in this tragedy and will provide all necessary aid and assistance to overcome its repercussions," Tunisian president Kais Saied said on the official presidency's social media accounts.


Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said his war-torn country was "ready to provide the necessary assistance to overcome the consequences of the disaster".

Kyiv said on Tuesday that it was sending a team of several dozen rescuers to Turkey.

United Arab Emirates

The United Arab Emirates has said it would be sending Syria and Turkey $50m in aid each. 

It would also set up a field hospital in Turkey and provide urgent relief to Syria's hardest-hit areas. A cargo plane with 37 tonnes of medical kits was sent to Turkey and Syria, under the directive of UAE vice president Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

The UAE has sent seven aid flights to help with search and rescue operations in both countries to evacuate citizens, two of which will land in Damascus.

United Kingdom

The UK sent 77 search-and-rescue specialists with equipment and dogs, as well as an emergency medical team, to Turkey.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak also told Turkey's Erdogan that the UK had "increased support to aid organisations and emergency responders".

The UK promised a field hospital as well as a C-130 Hercules critical care air support team and aircraft. The country has also announced an additional three million pounds ($3.6m) in funding to the Syrian Civil Defence group, also known as the White Helmets, which for the past week has been leading search and rescue efforts in the rebel-held northwest part of Syria.

United States

The United States said it was sending two 79-person search-and-rescue teams to assist Turkish officials, according to the White House.

Meanwhile, nearly 100 Los Angeles County firefighters and structural engineers, along with six specially trained dogs, were sent to Turkey.

The Pentagon said that it has offloaded 5,764 tonnes of equipment and supplies from aircraft to Turkey since 12 February.

In addition to personnel and equipment, the US State Department has said that the country, both government and private sector, has provided more than $135m in assistance to both Turkey and Syria.

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