NATO member countries fly their flags at half-mast in a show of solidarity with Turkey. PHOTOS/Anadolu Agency
BRUSSELS – Member countries NATO lowered their flag to half-mast at the alliance headquarters in Brussels. This gesture is to show solidarity with Ankara, after earthquake hit southern Turkey earlier this week.
“All flags at NATO Headquarters are flying at half-mast today in solidarity with our Ally #Türkiye,” NATO said on Twitter. The alliance also shared a photo of the flags of member countries being lowered in Brussels.
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In a statement, NATO said allies and partners are providing various forms of assistance, including search and rescue teams with rescue dogs, as well as seismic experts.
“At this terrible time, we stand in solidarity with our Ally Turkey and with all those affected, and NATO Allies stand ready to provide further assistance to those in need,” said NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu. 2023).
NATO added that flags will remain at half-mast until sunset tomorrow out of respect for the victims and in solidarity with Turkey.
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Voicing full solidarity with Turkey, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that NATO allies are mobilizing support. NATO Allied Ground Command (LANDCOM) also expressed its sympathy for the earthquake victims.
Earlier this week, a magnitude 7.7 earthquake hit Kahramanmaras province. Then about nine hours later, a magnitude 7.6 earthquake also centered on Kahramanmaras shook the region, affecting several other provinces, including Adana, Adiyaman, Diyarbakir, Gaziantep, Hatay, Kilis, Malatya, Osmaniye, and Sanliurfa.
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