Davutoglu: "Authorities confiscated nearly 100 trucks we’ve sent to the earthquake zone"
Ahmet Davutoglu, former prime minister of Turkey and current leader of the opposition Future Party (GP) said nearly 100 trucks they’ve sent to the earthquake zone were confiscated and taken to the warehouses by Turkish authorities.
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Following last week’s catastrophic earthquakes that claimed at least 38,000 lives, many more have left outside without a roof on top under severe winter conditions in need of basic materials, such as food, clothing and shelter.
In the aftermath of the disaster, thousands of tonnes of international and domestic humanitarian aid started to flow to the region, however, according to several reports from the earthquake zone, some of the aid sent by the opposition parties have been seized by the AFAD, state-owned Disaster and Emergency Management Authority.
“We have sent nearly 100 trucks to the earthquake region. None had party emblems on them. They confiscated the aid and sent them to the warehouses”, Davutoglu said.
On Monday, German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung said that AFAD was trying to pass off foreign aid deliveries to Turkey as its own.
“What arrives at Adana Airport was tagged with AFAD stickers,” FAZ said, adding that the logo of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) was even stuck on some supplies.
“Numerous videos are circulating on social media showing that private aid deliveries or those from smaller cities governed by opposition parties are also tagged with the logo of the ruling AKP or are even prevented from continuing by the local governors,” the German newspaper said.