Operation Dost is Saving Lives and Winning Hearts

From rescue teams to a field hospital, here is how the Indian Army’s Operation Dost is saving lives in quake-hit Turkey.

A Turkish woman planting a kiss on the cheek of a woman Indian Army officer who is in the quake-hit nation for rescue-and-relief work is winning hearts.

India launched Operation Dost to extend assistance to Turkey as well as Syria after Monday’s devastating quakes and aftershocks that toppled buildings and flattened cities.

The hospital set up by the Indian army in Turkey’s Hatey to provide assistance to the earthquake-affected people has started functioning with running medical, surgical, and emergency wards, x-ray, and medical stores.

The Army field hospital has been set up under India’s  ‘Operation Dost ‘ to provide assistance to Turkey’s earthquake-affected people.

Turkey’s ambassador to India, Firat Sunel described India’s ‘Operation Dost’ as a ‘very important operation‘ that demonstrates the friendship between the two nations. He said all these things at the Hindon Airbase in Ghaziabad from where Indian Air Forces’ C 17 Globemaster aircraft with the NDRF team, medical equipment, and relief equipment, took off for Turkey, as part of the ongoing ‘ Operation Dost’.  

The death toll from the devastating earthquakes that hit Turkey and Syria earlier this week has risen to at least about 16,035, and at least 12,873 people have died in Turkey, according to the Disaster and Emergency Management Agency (AFAD) on Thursday.

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