Erdogan orders to give the nationality to a Syrian who rescued a Turkish woman

A Syrian refugee who rescued a woman victim of the earthquake last Friday will receive Turkish nationality by direct order of the country’s president, Islamist Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the government announced today.

“President (Recep Tayyip) Erdogan ordered him and his family to be granted citizenship,” Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said in media statements.

Syrian student Mahmoud the Osman rescued Dürdane Aydin, a Turkish woman, from a collapsed building in the city of Elazig, near the epicenter of the earthquake that has left 41 dead.

Osman, born in the Syrian city of Aleppo, is one of the 3.5 million Syrian refugees currently hosted by Turkey.

Several Turkish media have described the rescue as heroic, in contrast to the criticism of some of those affected, who have accused the Government of giving aid to refugees and not having funds to deal with victims of the catastrophe.

“We are throwing stones at the Syrians but one of them, called Mahmud, took me out of the ruins digging with his bloody hands,” said the rescued woman.

A total of 45 people caught in the rubble were rescued alive after the quake, which collapsed 205 buildings and severely damaged another 1,400.


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