Following the powerful earthquakes that hit southern Turkey and northwestern Syria on February 6, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams working in northwestern Syria have mobilized with local partners to respond to the increasing needs in the area. The United Nations has confirmed that more than 9,000 people were wounded and 2,300 were killed, according to the first estimates from both countries.
Sadly, an MSF staff member was found dead under the rubble of his house in Idlib, and others lost members of their family.
MSF provided immediate support to 23 health facilities across Idlib and Aleppo governorates by donating emergency medical kits and supporting them with medical staff to reinforce their teams. MSF teams have donated blankets and essential life kits to displaced people in the region. The earthquakes destroyed hundreds of houses, leaving thousands homeless. People are staying outside despite the snow due to fear of aftershocks that have continued throughout the day.