Collaborating with the Charles Basarnas team, the Indonesian Embassy in Ankara headed to Dyarbakir to search for 2 Indonesian citizens. Photo/Indonesian Embassy in Ankara
ANKARA – The Protection Team for Indonesian Citizens at the Indonesian Embassy in Ankara and the Charlie Basarnas Team on Thursday (16/2/2023) at around 10.00 local time left for Dyarbakir Province, about 550 km from Hatay Province. Upon arrival in Diyarbakir, the team will immediately make efforts to directly search for 2 Indonesian citizens who are still unable to be contacted.
The Hatay to Dyarbakir trip will take around 8 hours by road. This team will strengthen other SAR teams who have already started searching.
Apart from carrying a number of equipment, the Basarnas team also brought sniffer dogs. The Director for Protection of Indonesian Citizens at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Judha Nugraha, directly led the search effort.
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“We decided to bring Team Charlie with 14 Basarnas personnel to join the other SAR Team operating in Dyarbakir, in order to get certainty regarding the condition of the 2 Indonesian citizens who until now have not been contacted,” said Judha Nugraha in a written statement shared by the Indonesian Embassy in Ankara.
The two Indonesian citizens who cannot be contacted work as spa therapist workers. Information from the Indonesian people in Dyarbakir who are close to the two Indonesian citizens stated that the two of them were living in the Galleria Apartment when the earthquake occurred. Meanwhile, the apartment is known to be one of hundreds of high-rise buildings that have completely collapsed.
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