A Venezuelan state aircraft is set to depart to Turkey and Syria tonight from Simón Bolivar International Airport in Maiquetía with rescue workers and humanitarian supplies.
On the instruction of President Nicolas Maduro, the Bolivarian government has deployed the Simón Bolívar Humanitarian Task Force to support victims affected by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck on Monday.
Speaking to VTV Canal 8, Foreign Minister Iván Gil said Venezuela was struck by the images of suffering, collapsed buildings and the news of thousands of deaths and thousands more missing.
“Yes, we must remember, especially in the case of the Syrian people, a country subjected to coercive, unilateral measures, so we use this moment to ask the international community to raise its voice so that sanctions are immediately lifted. Just as Venezuela has them, as the Syrian Arab Republic has them at this moment, they should be lifted because it is the only way we are going to find to optimize the recovery,” said Foreign Minister Gil.
“We wish both the people of Turkey and the people of Syria. Well, a speedy recovery that we find as many lives as possible. That is why we are sending today this group of experts from our, from our government or from our Armed Forces, from our defense, from our civil protection to assist in the rescue and recovery work in this area of two countries.”
Vice President for Citizen Security and Peace, Admiral in Chief Remigio Ceballos provided additional details from the runway:
“The Venezuelan people are sending their solidarity in compliance with the precise instructions of our President Nicolás Maduro Moros. We have prepared, enlisted and arranged for more than 50 professionals, technicians, doctors, specialists in disaster relief, identification of persons, search for persons also with all their equipment, technical and as well as the first tons of food and medicines that are leaving for Syria and Turkey.”
“Over and above the blockades, the Bolivarian government of the Bolivarian Revolution continues working to provide calm, tranquility, peace and collaborating to save lives,” said Ceballos.
By Kawsachun News