Greece Sends 48 Trucks Humanitarian Earthquake Aid to Turkey

ATHENS – Greece is continuing to assist Turkey in the aftermath of a deadly earthquake that killed at least 42,310 people, providing a convoy of 48 trucks carrying medical medical supplies, blankets and heating equipment.

The goods were collected throughout Greece as people added to state aid in the aftermath of the tragedy that also saw a temporary cessation of provocations from Turkey that had reached near-conflict levels.

After the convoy reached Tekirdağ, the aid materials were unloaded at the Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) warehouses, said the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet Daily News.


Athens Civil Defense Regional Director Kokkalias Vasilis stated they came to help the Turkish nation, adding: “More aid will keep on coming. It is our duty to support Turkey,” the paper reported what was said.

While politicians had wrangled and raised tensions before the earthquake struck, they quieted down in the wake of the horror that hit and the newspaper noted that Greek officials wore Greek and Turkish flags on their yellow vests.

Following the major quakes centered in Kahramanmaraş and Hatay, aid deliveries to the disaster provinces continue both from within Turkey and abroad, the aid from Greece being particularly welcomed.


Despite being unable to prevent smugglers in Turkey from sending refugees and migrants to Greek islands and the northern land border along the Evros River, Greece has made significant progress in dealing with human trafficking, according to a report by the Council of Europe's Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA).

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