Qatar’s Rescue Forces Have Been Honoured By Turkey For Their Earthquake Response


President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan acknowledged Qatar’s assistance to his country on Tuesday, during the catastrophic earthquakes in February that claimed thousands of lives.

Qatar’s Lekhwiya were honored by Erdogan in an award ceremony on Tuesday

The president recognised the efforts of the Qatar International Search and Rescue Group of the Internal Security Force (Lekhwiya) for their work in search and rescue operations and humanitarian help in the wake of the earthquake disaster.

The award ceremony takes place months after the terrible earthquakes—the deadliest to hit the area in a century—that occurred on February 6th, killing thousands in Turkey and Syria.

In both countries, the disaster forced tens of thousands of people to flee and claimed nearly 50,000 lives.

Numerous homes were destroyed, and infrastructure was severely damaged, leaving many people homeless and in need of humanitarian aid.

Qatar’s Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani called Turkish President Erdogan within hours after the initial earthquake and offered his sympathies to the Turkish people.

The Gulf nation promptly sent out a search and rescue team from Lekhwiya, Qatar’s internal security force, and contributed tonnes of much needed aid after the earthquakes.

In order to find and rescue people from beneath the rubble, the crew collaborated with regional authorities and other international rescue teams.



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