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Foreign missions in Turkey lower flags to respect the earthquake victims


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The numerous foreign embassies and missions in the Turkish capital, Ankara, raised their flags on Tuesday to commemorate the victims of the deadly earthquake that killed more than 3,500 people.

They also exchanged messages of solidarity after two powerful earthquakes hit large parts of southeastern Turkey on Monday.

The gesture came after Turkey declared seven days of national mourning in the wake of deadly earthquakes.

Flags were lowered at half-staff at the headquarters of the Organization of Turkish States in Istanbul and the US Embassy in Ankara.

“In solidarity with Turkey, we have lowered our flag to show our respect to those who lost their lives and were injured in the tragic earthquakes. Turkey’s condolences, Turkey will recover soon,” the US embassy in Ankara said on social media.

The British Embassy in Ankara also published pictures showing its flag being lowered to half of the staff.

“We share your pain and mourning…with best regards,” the embassy said.

The German Embassy in Ankara also posted an image on social media showing the flag being lowered to half the staff.

“We are in mourning,” the embassy said in its message.

“Today we lowered our flags to half of the staff in solidarity with Turkey. Condolences to Turkey, get better soon Turkey,” the French embassy in Ankara said in a video message on social media.

The Swedish Embassy in Ankara also posted a photo on social media of the flag being lowered. We express our sincere condolences to the people of Turkey.”

The Singapore Embassy in Ankara also joined the 7-day national mourning by raising its flag over the half-staff in solemn respect.

Singapore’s Ambassador to Turkey Jonathan To said on LinkedIn: “Singapore is in solidarity with our dear friends in #Turkey after the horrific series of earthquakes.”

A 7.7-magnitude earthquake struck southern Turkey’s Kahramanmaras province early Monday, and another 7.6-magnitude quake hit the same area in the afternoon, killing more than 3,500 people and injuring 21,103 others, according to Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority. country (afad).

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