Azerbaijani rapid reaction forces continue returning from quake-affected Türkiye (PHOTO/VIDEO)

BAKU, Azerbaijan, March 8. Another group of the
Azerbaijani rapid reaction forces of the Azerbaijani Ministry of
Emergency Situations is returning from Türkiye, after conducting
search and rescue operations and partaking in the elimination of
the earthquake implications in the fraternal country, Trend reports.

The aircraft with Azerbaijani rescuers has taken off from Adana
to Baku.

The rescuers at the Adana airport were seen off by the head of
the Imamoglu district Mehmet Aksu, Ambassador Extraordinary and
Plenipotentiary of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ayse
Sarac, representative of the Turkish Disaster and Emergency
Management Agency (AFAD) Cumhur Ozkaptan, as well as media and
public representatives.

The Turkish officials highly appreciated the work of rescuers of
the rapid response forces of the Ministry of Emergency Situations
in the disaster zone, noted their high professionalism and great
dedication in rescuing people affected by the devastating
earthquake, providing them with medical and psychological

Besides, the officials thanked the Azerbaijani state and people
for their support.

Earlier, two rescue teams from the Ministry of Emergency
Situations returned to Azerbaijan.

A 7.7-magnitude earthquake hit southeastern con Feb. 6, 2023.
The earthquake occurred at a depth of seven kilometers in the
Pazarcik region of Kahramanmaras Province. The provinces of Hatay,
Gaziantep, Kilis, Osmaniye, Malatya, Adiyaman, Sanliurfa,
Diyarbakir, Adana, and Kahramanmaras were subjected to severe

As a result of the earthquake that hit Türkiye, strong tremors
were also felt in Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, and Cyprus. Since then,
Türkiye has been suffering from earthquakes and aftershocks up
until now.

Following the instructions of President Ilham Aliyev, the rapid
reaction forces of Azerbaijan, consisting of 420 people, were sent
to Türkiye on the same day that the earthquake occurred.

On Feb. 8, another group of rescuers including 227 more people
went to the fraternal country.

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