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NATO flags at half-mast to honour victims of earthquake in Turkey

BRUSSELS, Feb 7 (KUNA) -- The flags of all 30 NATO members as well as the NATO flag are at half-mast at NATO Headquarters from today Tuesday until sunset tomorrow to honour the victims and in solidarity with Turkiye.
"At this terrible time, we stand in solidarity with our Ally Turkiye and with all those affected, and NATO Allies stand ready to provide further assistance to those in need," said NATO Spokesperson Oana Lungescu, in a statement.
NATO members and partners are providing different forms of assistance, including search and rescue teams with rescue dogs, fire fighters and structural engineering teams, medical personnel and supplies, and seismic experts.
Support is being delivered through NATOآ’s Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC), which is the Allianceآ’s principal civil emergency response mechanism in the Euro-Atlantic area.
The Centre is active all year round, operational on a 24/7 basis, and involves all NATO Allies and partner countries.
More than 1,400 emergency response personnel from more than twenty NATO Allies and partners are deploying to Turkiye, helping to respond to the devastating earthquakes which struck the country on Monday , noted the statement. (end) nk