The first batch of search and rescue personnel from Taiwan's rescue team set off for Turkey to assist in the search and rescue on the evening of the 6th. Turkey's representative in Taiwan, Bedinko (right), shook hands with the rescue team one by one to express their gratitude.

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[Instant News/Comprehensive Report] A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 hit the border between southern Turkey and northern Syria a few days ago, killing more than 4,300 people so far.

President Tsai Ing-wen also expressed condolences on Facebook, and said that she would continue to provide necessary assistance, and hoped that Turkey would recover soon and the Taiwan search and rescue team would return safely.

Tsai Ing-wen pointed out that the strong earthquake in Turkey yesterday caused serious casualties. First of all, we must express our deep condolences to those who unfortunately passed away and their families.

When Taiwan was hit by the 9.21 earthquake in the past, Turkey was the first to send a search and rescue team to Taiwan to assist.

At this moment, Taiwan will definitely join hands to help Turkey to tide over the difficulties.

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Tsai Ing-wen mentioned that in addition to announcing a donation of US$200,000 to the Turkish government for disaster relief at the first time, with the assistance of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, last night, the first batch of Taiwan International Search and Rescue Team advance team, a total of 40 personnel and 3 search and rescue The dog, who went to assist in the search and rescue mission, has now arrived in Turkey.

Next, the second batch of search and rescue teams of 90 people and related equipment are also ready to go.

According to an earlier report by this newspaper, the second batch of rescue teams of 90 people will set off. At 9 o'clock tonight, Premier Chen Jianren will hand over the flag to carry out international humanitarian rescue missions.