Madrid (EFE).- The Government of Spain has reiterated its support for Syria and Turkey after the impact of the earthquake that has so far left more than 5,000 dead in both countries, and has assured that the Spanish ships Juan Carlos I and Galicia are in the area and may serve as accommodation for the victims.
In the press conference that followed the Council of Ministers, the Minister Spokesperson for the Government, Isabel Rodríguez, stressed Spain’s support for the peoples of Syria and Turkey hit by the earthquakes “at a time when the solidarity of the country”.
Rodríguez recalled that two planes from the Military Emergency Unit (UME) have already taken off, with about 90 firefighters from various autonomous communities, while there is already a Spanish contingent at the Adana military base “from which we are offering support”. in rescue and installation tasks.
In addition, there are two ships that “are already in the area”, Rodríguez has asserted, the Juan Carlos I and the Galicia, with 500 marines and different medical roles, and he has said that the option for both vessels to offer “site and lodging”.
“The situation in the area is very complex and we are clear that Spain has to be there giving the best of ourselves, contributing and contributing where there is a need”, the minister pointed out.
Sánchez expresses the “pain” and “solidarity” of the Spanish for the victims of the earthquake in Turkey and Syria
The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, has also taken advantage of his speech at the meeting of Socialist deputies and senators held this Tuesday in Congress to express the “pain” and “solidarity” of the Spaniards for the thousands of victims of the registered earthquake in the early hours of Monday in Turkey and Syria.
“In Spain, as we have always done, we are going to respond as we should,” he pointed out.
For its part, a contingent of United Firefighters Without Borders (BUSF) deployed to the border area between Syria and Turkey, affected by the seismic catastrophe, is already located and prepared to collaborate in rescue and salvage tasks.
Their first impression, as reported on Tuesday, is that “a great response from international rescue teams” is taking place and that there is “a good organization of the authorities.”
Another team of seven firefighters -activated through the NGO Bomberos para el Mundo- also traveled to the place affected by the earthquake, accompanied by three dogs specialized in locating people buried alive, from the Malaga-Costa del Sol airport.
A concern expressed by some of these firefighters is that the low temperatures and snowfall recorded in the area of the catastrophe reduce the chances of survival of those who have been trapped.