We hope that what we send will be able to help our brothers and sisters there
Jakarta (ANTARA) - President of Indonesia Joko Widodo (Jokowi) sent a humanitarian aid package to help earthquake victims in Turkey and Syria.

"Humanitarian diplomacy is continuously carried out by our country Indonesia, and this morning, we will send four planes to Turkey and to Syria," President Jokowi stated at the Halim Perdana Kusuma Airport in East Jakarta, Tuesday.

Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Muhadjir Effendy and Chief of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Suharyanto will also depart to personally deliver the aid.

"It contains 140 tons of food and other logistical materials that are really needed there," the president stated.

President Jokowi earlier remarked that Indonesia had also sent a SAR team and a medical team as well as field hospital equipment.

"Hercules aircraft also really helped in the initial evacuation of the earthquake victims in Turkey and Syria," the president added.

In the first stage of assistance, Indonesia sent a search and rescue (SAR) team of 49 people with international qualifications.

An emergency medical team was sent in the second stage of assistance to establish an Indonesian Field Hospital.

The hospital has a capacity to perform emergency surgery for fractures and serves an average of 120 patients per day.

"We hope that what we send will be able to help our brothers and sisters there," the president stated.

Until now, four Indonesian citizens, including a mother and a child, fell victims to the earthquake in Turkey. The two victims have been buried in Turkey, as they died with the father, who is a Turkish citizen.

Two other Indonesian citizens -- Irma Lestari, 33, and Ni Wayan Supini, 45, -- were found dead after they were buried under the rubble of Galeria Apartment Building in Dyarbakir City.

The bodies of the duo, who worked as spa therapists, are being handled by the Indonesian Embassy in Ankara and are scheduled to be flown to Indonesia on February 22.

Earthquakes, with magnitudes 7.7 and 7.6, struck Turkey on February 6, 2023, and were centered in Kahramanmaras Province. The tremors of the earthquakes were felt all the way to Syria and Lebanon.

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