Fans of Turkish football club Beşiktaş have shown their support for children affected by the Türkiye and Syria earthquakes, showering the team’s Istanbul pitch with thousands of stuffed toys.
- Football fans donated the toys during a game between Beşiktas and Antalyaspor in Istanbul
- Beşiktas had requested fans bring the toys, so they could be given to children affected by the earthquakes
- Players ran out to collect them and thank the fans
The stadium was packed with 40,000 fans for the football match against Antalyaspor.
Of them, many responded to the club’s request to bring toys to the stadium.
Fans then tossed them onto the pitch at the game’s 4:17 mark — 4:17am was the time the first earthquake struck on February 6.
As the toys gathered on the edges of the pitch, players ran out to collect them and thank the fans.
The stuffed bears, rabbits and other animals will be delivered to the affected children.
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Türkiye-Syria earthquake death toll passes 50,000
The death toll from the devastating series of earthquakes that struck Türkiye and Syria this month has passed 50,000.
The grim milestone was confirmed as thousands of Syrian refugees who had fled years of war returned to Syria from earthquake-hit cities in Türkiye.
Turkish authorities said 18,000 Syrian migrants returned to their home country this month.
According to government estimates, more than 1.7 million Syrian refugees had been living in the 10 southern Turkish provinces devastated by this month’s earthquakes.