The United States called on countries around the world to “do everything possible” to support the people of Turkey and Syria after the magnitude 7.7 earthquake and aftershocks that killed more than 35,000 people.

“We do it in this country. This is an effort that goes beyond the federal government,” State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters on Monday.

“This is an effort in which we again saw the generosity of the spirit of the American people rise to the occasion,” he said, adding that the National Football League (NFL) on Sunday urged American football fans to contribute to the ongoing earthquake relief effort in Turkey and Syria.

“Looking at the destruction and loss of life, this earthquake affected not only Turkey and Syria, but the whole world,” he said.

“The United States continues to support search, rescue, recovery, and relief efforts, and mobilize additional equipment and resources to assist in recovery and humanitarian response efforts in both Turkey and Syria,” he said, reaffirming the White House’s commitment providing all necessary assistance. to the affected countries.

US Agency for International Development (USAID) search and rescue teams arrived at Incirlik Air Base last Wednesday to help with post-disaster Turkish earthquake relief, consisting of 159 people, 12 rescue dogs and 77,110 kg of specialized equipment, and previously deployed teams of 79 and staff already in the field.

Speaking about humanitarian aid to Syria, Price stressed that the international community has a “moral obligation” to do everything in its power to deliver aid to earthquake-hit areas.

“This includes an urgent unification at the UN Security Council to authorize additional crossings from Turkey,” he said.

“This is not a political but a humanitarian issue,” Price said. “As we saw last week, having only one transition means there is a single point of failure,” he added, noting that more aid transitions would save more lives.

“To our friend and ally of Turkey: we will be with you every step of the way. To the people of Syria: We are sending you exactly the same message,” Price said.

For years, the UN has sent humanitarian aid to Syria through only one border crossing, Chilwegozu, in the southern Turkish province of Hatay, but it was damaged in last Monday’s massive earthquakes.

At least 31,643 people were killed in Turkey and more than 80,000 people were injured as a result of earthquakes of magnitude 7.7 and 7.6 that struck southern Turkey in less than 10 hours on February 6, affecting about 13 million people.

Earthquakes centered on Kahramanmaras also affected nine other provinces – Hatay, Gaziantep, Adiyaman, Malatya, Adana, Diyarbakir, Kilis, Osmaniye and Sanliurfa.

Several countries in the region, as far as Lebanon and the island of Cyprus, were also hit hard, with neighboring Syria suffering the most damage after Turkey.

The death toll in the already war-ravaged country exceeded 3,500, with more than 5,200 injured. Authorities are anticipating an increase in the number of casualties as the hope of other survivors found under the rubble is fading on the ninth day.

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