ANKARA – Many countries’ embassies and foreign missions in the Turkish capital Ankara on Tuesday lowered their flags to half-mast and shared messages of solidarity after Monday’s strong earthquakes in southern Trkiye.
The gesture came after Trkiye on Monday declared seven days of national mourning in the wake of the deadly tremors.
Flags were flown at half-mast at the headquarters of the Organization of Turkish States in Istanbul and the US Embassy in Ankara.
“In solidarity with Trkiye, we lowered our flag to show our respect to those who lost their lives and were injured in the tragic earthquakes. Condolences to Trkiye, get well soon Trkiye,” the US Embassy in Ankara said on social media.
The British Embassy in Ankara also shared images showing its flag being lowered to half-mast.
“We share your pain and sorrow … Sincerely,” the embassy said.
The German embassy in Ankara also shared a photo on social media showing the flag lowered to half-mast.
“We are in mourning,” the embassy said in its message.
“Today we lowered our flags to half-mast in solidarity with Trkiye. Condolences to Trkiye, get well soon Trkiye,” the French embassy in Ankara said in a video message on social media.
The Swedish Embassy in Ankara also shared a photo on social media where the flag was lowered. “We express our sincere condolences to the people of Trkiye.”
A 7.7-magnitude earthquake struck southern Trkiye’s Kahramanmaras province early Monday, and another 7.6-magnitude quake struck the same area in the afternoon, killing at least 3,432 people and injuring 21,103 others, according to the country’s disaster and preparedness agency ( AFAD). (Anatolia)