Greece is sending five aircraft with humanitarian aid to Turkey, through the European Civil Protection Mechanism, to deal with the immediate consequences of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the country in the early hours of February 6. On the order of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Greece will provide health and medical equipment and basic necessities, such as 7,500 blankets, 1,500 beds, and 500 tents, which can accommodate families and be used as mobile clinics.
The first humanitarian aid mission to Turkey will be accompanied by Climate Crisis and Civil Protection Minister, Christos Stylianidis and the Secretary General of Civil Protection Vassilios Papageorgiou. It will depart in the next few hours from Eleftherios Venizelos Airport.
According to the Climate Crisis and Civil Protection Ministry, Aegean Airlines will carry out five flights in order to transfer all equipment as soon as possible. The mission is carried out in consultation with the Turkish authorities, with the assistance of the Turkish ambassador in Athens, and in cooperation with the European Commission, in the framework of the activation of the European Civil Protection Mechanism.
It is noted that the cost of transporting the equipment will be covered by 75 pct by the European Civil Protection Mechanism, while the remaining 25 pct of the national participation will be sponsored by the Aegean airline.