Turkey first country to help civilians in Georgia

Head of Turkish Red Crescent said Tuesday they also sent a field hospital to the Sarpi border town and added that they wanted to treat the sick and the injured there.

Turkey first country to help civilians in Georgia
Head of Turkish Red Crescent said Tuesday that Turkey was the first country to send humanitarian relief to Georgia.

Chairman Tekin Kucukali told AA that Turkish Red Crescent teams entered Tbilisi under harsh conditions, with convoys surreptitiously scurrying through deserted cross-streets with their headlights turned off.

"Civilian death toll reached 3000. Our teams which made it to Tbilisi report that out of fear, people were fleeing to forests, abandoning children and the elderly in the cities," said Kucukali.

He said it was natural for Turkish Red Crescent to be the first to aid Georgia as this country was Turkey's neighbour and added that they also offered help to Russia.

Kucukali said Turkish Red Crescent teams were determining the needs of the civilian population in coordination with the Red Cross and would shortly start distributing the aid sent from Turkey.

He said they also sent a field hospital to the Sarpi border town and added that they wanted to treat the sick and the injured there. He said Turkish Foreign Ministry was carrying on talks with Georgian officials on the issue.

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Last Mod: 13 Ağustos 2008, 08:47
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