UPDATES WITH FURTHER DETAILS, REVISES QUAKE CASUALTIES
By Beyza Binnur Donmez
ISTANBUL (AA) – Spain on Tuesday said that it will mobilize a field hospital and health professionals to Türkiye after two strong earthquakes jolted the southern part of the country, killing and injuring thousands.
Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares announced that the field hospital of Spanish Technical Aid Response Team (START) will be mobilized to Türkiye to "attend those injured in the earthquake."
"Professionals from the national health system will take part," Albares said on Twitter.
He added that Spain will also contribute to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies' efforts and activate emergency agreements with nongovernmental organizations in Syria.
The Foreign Ministry, meanwhile, said in a statement that the START field hospital will be attended by more than 70 people including health professionals, logisticians and staff from the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperatio, known as AECID, which leads and coordinates the team's missions.
The hospital has an operating room and hospitalization capacity for 20 people, it said.
The emergency response medical team is accredited by the World Health Organization and is one of the registered capacities for emergency response of the European Civil Protection Mechanism, according to the ministry.
At least 3,432 people were killed and 21,103 others injured when two powerful earthquakes hit Türkiye’s southern and southeastern regions, according to the country's disaster agency.
As the earthquakes affected a wider region, at least 1,622 people were killed and hundreds injured in Syria, according to figures compiled by the regime's Health Ministry and Syrian Civil Defense.