RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has expressed solidarity with Turkey over a coal mine explosion, which killed at least 40 people and injured 11 others.
In a statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Saudi Arabia offered “sincere condolences” to the families of the victims and wished the injured a speedy recovery.
تعرب وزارة الخارجية عن تضامن المملكة العربية السعودية مع جمهورية تركيا حكومةً وشعباً جراء الانفجار الذي وقع في منجم ببلدة اماسرا التركية. pic.twitter.com/HNFn1EdknP
— وزارة الخارجية (@KSAMOFA) October 15, 2022
The Turkish Energy Minister Fatih Donmez had said rescue efforts were almost complete.
Preliminary assessments indicated that the explosion was likely caused by firedamp, which is a reference to flammable gases found in coal mines, Donmez said overnight.