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After Powerful Earthquake in Turkey, Israel Offers Assistance

Defense Minister Benny Gantz on Friday instructed the IDF to be prepared to assist Turkey in the aftermath of the powerful earthquake that hit the country earlier in the day.

Gantz said in a statement that Israel relayed its condolences and willingness to help to the Turkish military attaché in the country.

Israel is ready to immediately dispatch a team that would assist with search and rescue operations in areas affected by the quake as well as establish a field hospital, the statement added.

"The State of Israel and the security forces will always reach out to offer humanitarian assistance to injured civilians everywhere, using the capabilities and experience gained in the IDF over the years to deal with emergencies," Gantz said.

At least 14 people were killed in Friday’s earthquake, which caused buildings to collapse. (INN / VFI News)

“God, we ask that you protect those in danger, and those who are putting themselves in harm’s way to save them.”