"We are close to the populations affected by the terrible earthquake that occurred today in Turkey and Syria and we pray for the thousands of victims who have unfortunately occurred". So Defense Minister Guido Crosetto in a note.
"The defence – the Minister then added – is following the dramatic updates on the earthquake with apprehension and, in coordination with the Civil Protection, is deploying all its available means and personnel to help the populations affected by the terrible earthquake".
The Defense General Staff has set up a P-180 aircraft from the 14th wing of the Italian Air Force with the first advanced rate of specialized personnel from the Civil Protection. Further flights followed with C-130J aircraft of the 46th air brigade to transport vehicles, material and personnel including medical personnel.