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Kahramanmaraş, Hatay, Gaziantep suspend flights after earthquake.

The passenger flights to Kahramanmaraş, Hatay and Gaziantep airports were suspended after a major 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck Türkiye’s southeast province early Monday morning.

The flights were halted so that planes carrying rescue teams and relief supplies could reach the region as quickly as possible.

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Currently, only planes carrying aid and rescue teams are allowed to land and take off from the two airports. Hatay Airport, whose runway was damaged because of the earthquake, was closed for all flights.

The earthquake that hit 10 Turkish provinces and northern Syria occurred at a depth of 7 kilometers (4.3 miles) in the Pazarcık district of Kahramanmaraş at 4:17 a.m. local time (1:17 a.m. GMT), according to the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD). The earthquake left over 1,500 people dead and more than 9,000 others injured.

Rescue operations are underway in Hatay and the affected areas, with the AFAD, the National Medical Rescue Team (UMKE), 112 emergency health services, police, gendarmerie and fire brigade teams being dispatched to the districts to ramp up the rescue work.

In Iskenderun, a part of the State Hospital, the Catholic Church, Mithatpaşa Primary School and many buildings tumbled to the ground, while most roads remained blocked off for regular vehicles.

Meanwhile, rescue teams continue their search in Kazım Karabekir and on Şaban Akın Uçar Street in Numune Evler District and the Dörtyol district.


Turkey sends more humanitarian aid to Ukraine amid Russian invasion.


Turkey has sent two more trucks of humanitarian assistance supplies to Crimean Tatars in Ukraine, authorities said Thursday.

According to Turkiye’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD), the trucks were sent to Lviv, a city near the border with Poland in western Ukraine.

Under the coordination of AFAD, Turkey has sent 82 trucks of humanitarian aid and a mobile food truck for the people of Ukraine, it said.




On March 20, the mobile food truck served hot meals in Lviv. Between March 12 and 18, it served hot meals at the Siret border crossing, northeast of Romania,

Five AFAD personnel are continuing humanitarian work in Siret and Lviv.

To date, some 230,000 packages of humanitarian aid have been distributed at the Siret border crossing.

At least 2,224 civilians have been killed and 2,897 injured in Ukraine in the war that started on Feb. 24, according to United Nations estimates, with the true figure believed to be much higher.

More than 5 million Ukrainians have fled to other countries, with over 7 million more internally displaced, said the U.N. refugee agency.