06-08-2020 11:20:33

"Turkey stands with Lebanon in wake of disaster"

Communications Director Fahrettin Altun posts message in support of Lebanese people following deadly blast in Beirut

Turkey supports its Lebanese brothers and sisters in the wake of Tuesday’s deadly explosion and will do everything we can to help them, said a top Turkish spokesman.

"We stand with our Lebanese brothers and sisters. We share their pain, and will do everything we can to relieve them of their distress,” wrote Communications Directorate head Fahrettin Altun on Twitter on Thursday.

“We are delivering our Lebanese brothers and sisters aid via our Koca Yusuf plane.”

The Turkish nation “serves peace and stability," he added.

The capital Beirut and its surrounding suburbs were rocked Tuesday by a massive blast that left at least 135 people dead and nearly 5,000 injured.

A Turkish military plane carrying aid and a search and rescue team were sent to Beirut from the capital Ankara Wednesday following the deadly blast.