On Monday, February 6, 2023 five massive earthquakes with a magnitude of 4.0 and above struck southeastern Turkey, near the Syrian border. With thousands of people dead or injured, International Relief Teams has rushed urgently needed food, water, blankets, and emergency supplies to assist families whose lives were so tragically shattered.
Some residents scrambled to find remnants of their lives from between mounds of concrete and mangled metal, others sat atop the rubble of their homes weeping. Today, 2.9 million people in Syria are in desperate need of assistance. Many are living in crowded tent settlements without basic sanitation or in buildings already weakened by past bombings.
Unfortunately, just two weeks later the situation worsened with a third earthquake and the number of casualties and injured people has increased. We have already sent emergency medical supplies to Idlib, Syria but much more is needed. The quakes have displaced many for a second or third time, forcing them to sleep in the open as temperatures drop below freezing. The video below is from our partner, Save the Syrian Children. (Warning: video contains sensitive images that some viewers may find disturbing)
Idlib Hospital, pictured, was completely destroyed by the earthquakes. International Relief Teams donors have been supplying Syrian hospitals and clinics with medicine since 2019.