Korea Sends Rescuers to Quake-Hit Turkey

      February 08, 2023 10:51

      Korea has dispatched dozens of rescue workers and emergency supplies to Turkey after thousands died in a devastating earthquake there on Monday.
      President Yoon Suk-yeol asked his Cabinet on Tuesday to help a "brotherly country that defended Korea's freedom by sending a large number of troops promptly in 1950, when we were invaded by communists."
      A Turkish flag flies at half-mast in front of the Turkish Embassy in Seoul on Tuesday. /News1
      He also sent his condolences to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and promised to spare no efforts to help with the recovery, according to the presidential office.
      Some 118 emergency rescue workers including soldiers and firefighters headed to Turkey the same day alongside US$5 million worth of medical supplies and other humanitarian aid.
      Firefighters gather on their way to Turkey at Incheon International Airport on Tuesday. /Yonhap
      Charities here are also raising funds. Korea Food for the Hungry International kicked off a fundraising campaign for Turkey on Naver's fundraising platform Happybean and had already raised about W37 million by Tuesday night (US$1=W1,255).

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