Operation Dost

A Turkish woman is winning hearts by kissing an Indian Army officer on the cheek. The officer is in the quake-stricken country to help with rescue and relief work.

The Indian Army posted a picture of the two women with the caption “We Care.” This was a great way to show how quickly India helped its “dost” Turkey.

India started Operation Dost to help Turkey and Syria after Monday’s earthquakes and aftershocks, which caused buildings to fall and cities to be leveled.

Under #OperationDost, India is sending search and rescue teams, a field hospital, materials, medicines, and equipment to Turkey and Syria.

This is an ongoing operation, and we will be posting updates. — Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) February 8, 2023

India has thus far dispatched medical aid, personnel, and rescue teams to help sift through the debris and locate any remaining survivors. The combined death toll in Turkey and Syria has surpassed 17,100, and it is only expected to increase more.

India dispatched aid supplies, a mobile hospital, and search and rescue personnel two days ago. The Indian Air Force has dispatched a C-130J aircraft carrying humanitarian supplies to Syria.

When asked why it was sending aid to Syria while the country was under US sanctions, the government responded that India is committed to the G-20 credo of “One Earth, One Family, One Future.”

In the most devastated regions of Turkey and Syria, 250 personnel have already been sent. Over 135 tonnes of specialised equipment and other relief supplies have already made it to Turkey.

More than 150 carefully trained members of the NDRF, including Rambo and his comrades (of the dog squad), as well as specialised trucks and other equipment, have arrived in Turkey as part of three self-sustaining teams.

Search and rescue operations are being carried out by India's NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) teams in Gaziantep, Turkey.
Search and rescue operations are being carried out by India’s NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) teams in Gaziantep, Turkey.

In addition, the Indian Army has dispatched soldiers and supplies to establish a 30-bed field hospital. The MEA guaranteed that the hospital will have modern equipment like an operating room with X-ray machines and ventilators.

According to the MEA, the NDRF forces are assisting with rescue efforts in Gaziantep, while the medical team is establishing the field hospital in Iskenderun.

Two Turkish-speaking officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have been sent to Turkey to provide support to the rescue and relief workers there.

The Ministry of External Affairs has declared that India will provide “all feasible support” to those hit by the recent earthquake.

It stated, “Operation Dost is India’s latest expression of being a first responder, a net security provider, and a country whose Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief reaction is swift and available to countries not only in the nearby region but far beyond.”

Atul Karwal, director general of the National Disaster Response Force, stated at a press conference that additional NDRF teams would be deployed if necessary.

So far, India has sent medical supplies, doctors, and search-and-rescue teams to help find survivors among the rubble. The number of people killed has gone over 17,100 in both Turkey and Syria, and it is likely to keep going up.

A Turkish woman thanking an Indian AMC officer
A Turkish woman thanking an Indian AMC officer

India sent aid supplies, a mobile hospital, and a team of experts in search and rescue two days ago. India has also sent relief supplies to Syria on an Indian Air Force C-130J plane.

When asked why India would send aid to Syria when the US has put sanctions on the country, the government said that India follows the G-20 mantra of “One Earth, One Family, One Future.”

Already, 250 people have been sent to the worst-hit parts of Turkey and Syria. Over 135 tonnes of specialized equipment and other aid supplies have also made it to Turkey.

Three self-sufficient NDRF teams with more than 150 specially trained members, Rambo and his friends (from the dog squad), special vehicles, and other supplies have reached Turkey.

Also, people and things have been sent to set up an Indian Army field hospital with 30 beds. The MEA said that the hospital would have a fully working operating room and equipment like X-ray machines and ventilators.

The MEA said that the NDRF teams are helping with rescue efforts in Gaziantep and that the medical team is setting up a field hospital in Iskenderun.

Operation Dost
A Turkish child and an Indian AMC officer posing for a picture

A group of two Turkish-speaking officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been sent to Turkey to help the rescue and relief teams there.

“India is committed to giving all the help it can to those who this terrible earthquake has hurt,” the MEA said.

It said, “Operation Dost is India’s latest way of showing that it is a first responder, a net security provider, and a country whose Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief response is quick and available to countries not only in the neighboring region but also further afield.”

NDRF Director General Atul Karwal said at a press conference that the force was ready to send more teams.