Israel says ready to continue to help Van quake victims

November 21, 2011, Monday/ 16:09:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN

The Israeli Embassy in Ankara said in a press release on Monday that Israel stands ready to help quake victims in the southeastern part of Turkey.

The embassy said the Israeli aid, prefabricated houses, including dozens of housing containers and over 50 fully functional housing units, was sent in coordination with the Turkish government. The Israeli Embassy also reiterated that the Jewish state is ready to further assist in the relief effort if the Turkish government deems it necessary.

Van, which was hit by a magnitude 7.2 earthquake on Oct. 23, was struck by a second quake on Nov. 9. The two earthquakes killed nearly 650 people and left thousands of people homeless. Israel, whose ties with Turkey hit rock bottom after Israeli commandos killed nine Turks on board a Gaza-bound flotilla last year, immediately said it would airlift of supplies after the first quake. An Israeli cargo plane loaded with seven prefabricated homes for Turkish quake victims arrived in Turkey on Oct. 27.

Israel's most recent aid arrived in Turkey at Port of Mersin last Friday. The prefabricated houses sent on Friday are reportedly sufficient to house 1,000 people. 

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