Turkey asks for quake help, İsrael sending special equipment

After Turkish authorities request international assistance, Israel sending special equipment, Jerusalem Post reports. İsraeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Tuesday gave special instructions to relevant members of the defense establishment to fly special equipment to Turkey to aid in the country’s rescue and recovery, following a deadly earthquake in the Van district on Sunday.

According to a statement released by Ehud Barak, the decision to send the equipment to Turkey came after Turkish authorities requested assistance from Israel.

The statement did not specify what type of equipment was being sent.

The death toll from the 7.2-magnitude quake rose to 432, from an earlier 366 on Tuesday, the Disaster and Emergency Administration said. The final count was likely to rise further as many people were still missing and 2,262 buildings had collapsed.

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