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Erdogan: I call on entire Islamic world to support Albania after earthquake

Christian Fernsby |

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  • Turkey has dispatched military cargo planes, emergency assistance teams and aid convoys to Albania

Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called for a donors' conference of Muslim countries to help Albania after a deadly earthquake.

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Topics: ERDOGAN    ISLAMIC    ALBANIA    EARTHQUAKE   

Recep Tayyip Erdogan made the call during an opening address at an annual meeting of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation to discuss economic issues.

Erdogan said: "I call on the entire Islamic world to support Albania."

The magnitude-6.4 quake that struck early Tuesday killed at least 25 people and injured more than 600.

He said: "We must all stand together with Albania concerning the treatment of the injured or sheltering those whose homes collapsed or were damaged."

The Turkish leader added that Turkey has dispatched military cargo planes, emergency assistance teams and aid convoys to Albania.

Authorities in Bosnia have canceled classes in several towns in a southern region that was hit by an earthquake.

The authorities called off the classes because some school buildings have been damaged in the earthquake, and for fear of aftershocks.

The magnitude-5.4 tremor on Tuesday came hours after a strong earthquake hit Albania.

Flags are flying at half-staff on public buildings around the country as Albania observes a national day of mourning.


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