Erdogan condemns criticism of Turkiye’s quake response
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday condemned criticism of the government’s response to devastating earthquakes that have killed more than 11,000 people in southern Turkiye and northwest Syria.
“This is a time for unity, solidarity. In a period like this, I cannot stomach people conducting negative campaigns for political interest,” he told reporters on his arrival in the southern province of Hatay.
He said it was not possible to be prepared for such a disaster, but that the government would accelerate rubble removal and housing construction. The death toll in Turkiye had risen to 9,057, he added.