On February 6, two powerful earthquakes erupted across Türkiye and Syria. One of the deadliest earthquakes in over 20 years, the initial 7.8 magnitude earthquake was centered near Gaziantep, a city in south central Türkiye home to millions of Syrian refugees. The second 7.5 magnitude earthquake was felt nearly nine hours later, and almost 2,000 aftershocks have been reported. As of now, over 40,000 people have died, nearly 80,000 more have been injured, and 6,000 buildings have been destroyed – and numbers are only expected to rise. About 80,000 rescue personnel have been deployed, working in near-freezing temperatures searching for survivors among the rubble.
Islamic Relief is working with local partners across Türkiye and Syria to distribute emergency relief. In Türkiye, families are receiving food aid, hygiene kits, blankets, and cash assistance to help pay for any other immediate needs. In Syria, families are being provided with food aid; access to water, sanitation, and hygiene; and other emergency items such as blankets, mattresses, tents, and heating materials. And in coming months, we plan to focus on long-term development aid. Join us and help support your brothers and sisters across Türkiye and Syria in their time of need.
Decades of political instability and prolonged conflict have destroyed the communities that once thrived in the Middle East. Millions of people have been displaced from their homes and are in need of humanitarian assistance, women and children among those most affected. Three of the eight countries Islamic Relief works in – Palestine, Syria, and Yemen – have suffered greatly and are among the poorest nations in the region. With your support, we can help rebuild the Middle East.
Islamic Relief has been working in the Middle East since 1997. Not only have we been able to provide immediate and long-term aid to those in desperate need, but we’ve also helped bring compassion, comfort, and hope back into the hearts of families across the region. Now, nearly 30 years later, the Islamic Relief global family continues to deliver life-saving aid across eight Middle Eastern countries including Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, Turkey, Tunisia, and Yemen.
A few of our interventions include:
Thanks to you, we’ve been able to accomplish so much. But there’s still so much more to do. By continuing to support our efforts in the Middle East, you can help make a difference in the lives of those in desperate need.
Islamic Relief has been working in Jordan since 1997. Find out more about our work across the country.
Islamic Relief has been working in Lebanon since the war in 2006. Find out more about our work across the country.
Islamic Relief has been working in Palestine for over two decades. Find out more about our work across the country.
Islamic Relief has been working in Syria since 2011. Find out more about our work across the country.
Islamic Relief has been in Tunisia since 2012. Find out more about our work across the country.
Islamic Relief has been working in Türkiye since the early 2000s. Find out more about our work across the country.
Islamic Relief is a leading humanitarian organization in Yemen, with thousands of field staff and volunteers around the country. Find out more about our work across the country.