The World Health Organization activates emergency medical teams in Turkey and Syria


Dr. Mazen Kevara, Turkish director of the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS), spoke to CNN live from where he and his family were sheltering in their car near the epicenter of the earthquake in Gaziantep.

According to Kevara, their car is the safest place for them now.

“We can no longer use the buildings. Maybe for hours. Maybe until tomorrow. I do not know.”

Turkey continues to suffer aftershocks – some as strong as the original earthquake – which means it’s not safe to be in.

“There is a collapsed building near my building, about 200-300 meters away. Many buildings were destroyed in Gaziantep,” Kevara said.

SAMS is a medical aid organization working in Syria and neighboring countries. But their support efforts are hampered by damage to the buildings.

“Our four hospitals were badly damaged by the earthquake. We evacuated two of them,” said Kewara from Damascus, Syria.

The ongoing turmoil “makes it very difficult as a humanitarian organization to respond” to people in need.

For now, Kevara and five others are sheltering in his car, waiting for the tremors to subside.


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