NATO deploying shelters to earthquake-stricken Turkey

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg holds a joint press conference with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in the Benjamin Franklin Room of the State Department in Washington, DC, on June 1, 2022. (Photo by Stefani Reynolds / AFP)

NATO members have agreed to deploy shelters to ally Turkey to help provide accommodation for those left homeless by this week’s devastating earthquakes, Agence France-Presse reported, citing the alliance on Friday.

The “semi-permanent” shelters are usually used by NATO forces as headquarters for military operations and exercises.

“NATO stands in strong solidarity with our ally Turkiye, and the deployment of these shelter facilities will help to save lives,” said alliance secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg.

The shelters can be equipped with a number of amenities including heating, power generators and medical treatment areas, NATO said.

The operation to deploy the shelters will be overseen by NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe US General Christopher Cavoli.

The quakes that struck Turkey and neighboring Syria early on Monday killed more than 22,000 people and have left hundreds of thousands homeless in freezing winter conditions.

NATO members and countries from across the globe have already rushed to send rescue teams and aid to Turkey.

The decision by the alliance to send help comes at a time when Turkey has angered other NATO members by stalling the bids of Finland and Sweden to join.

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