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Erdoğan declares seven days of national mourning

Türkiye’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has declared seven days of national mourning following the deadly quakes that hit the country on Feb. 6.

Turkish flags will fly at half-staff across the nation and at its diplomatic missions overseas.

Erdoğan has made a call for unity, saying, the country will leave these disastrous days behind in unity and solidarity.

“At 4:17 a.m. we were shaken by the biggest disaster, since the 1939 Erzincan quake, we have experienced in the last century,” Erdoğan stated at the headquarters of the Türkiye’s Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) in the capital Ankara on Feb. 6.

Reminding that rescue and search teams from many parts of the country have reached the region for the post-quake efforts, Erdoğan called for unity and solidarity to overcome the difficult days.

“I hope we will leave these disastrous days behind in unity and solidarity as the country and nation. Today is the day of being one heart for 85 million,” Erdoğan said.

Stating that Türkiye started to request international aid, Erdoğan noted that in addition to NATO and the European Union, another 45 countries also offered assistance.

“I wish God’s mercy on our citizens who lost their lives in this disaster, and a speedy recovery to our wounded people.”

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