Egypt’s Al-Sisi Extends Condolences and Solidarity to Turkey, Syria


Civil defense workers and residents search through the rubble of collapsed buildings in the town of Harem, in Idlib province, Syria (Source: AP)

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi expressed his deepest condolences and full solidarity with the people of Syria and Turkey and their families, after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the two countries early this morning.

The earthquake struck near the Turkish city of Gaziantep — about 40 kilometers from the Syrian border, killing over 2000 people. The death toll is expected to rise further, as many buildings have collapsed, trapping victims under the rubble.

Al-Sisi reiterated Egypt’s readiness to provide aid to Turkey and Syria as they recover from the impact of this earthquake, expressed earlier on Monday in a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Egyptian president made this statement of solidarity during a press conference held alongside Croatian President Zoran Milanovich, who is visiting Cairo to discuss bilateral relations.

The earthquake, whose epicenter was in Southern Turkey, was felt as far as Lebanon, Cyprus, Greece, Jordan, Iraq, Romania, Israel, and Egypt. 

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