Turkish imam of Mariupol mosque calls for aid to Ukraine

Turkish imam of Mariupol mosque calls for aid to Ukraine


Addressing Anadolu Agency (AA), Mehmet Yüce, the imam of the Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent Mosque in Mariupol, said individuals were enduring in the midst of troublesome circumstances and numerous regular people have kicked the bucket in the city.

“At this moment, the requirement for water, food, attire and warming should be earnestly met. The weather patterns are awful, stormy and the temperatures have decreased to short 10-15 degrees (Celsius). They’re truly eager and parched,” Yüce said.

Showing up in Cologne, Germany with his pregnant spouse Nadia and their child following eight days out and about, he said they didn’t expect the conflict would really break out.



“We imagined that assuming something like this was potential, they (Russian powers) would come from the east. At the principal stage, we were unable to leave (Mariupol), as our city resembled a promontory on the boundary, with Russian soldiers entering from all headings immediately,” he made sense of.

The Russian powers originally cut the web and afterward shut down the power, water and transmissions in Mariupol, said Yüce.

Having shown up in Mariupol to lead petitions at the mosque only months prior, he said they had the option to contact the Turkish Foreign Ministry and the Presidency of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) with the assistance of the Ukrainian security powers.

Yüce, who is familiar with Russian, added that they opened the mosque’s ways to everybody escaping the Russian assaults after the conflict started, shielding up to 200 individuals on occasion.

During the attack on the city, a rocket struck the mosque’s nursery and harmed its entryways and windows, he described.

“This conflict, battled between two siblings, is truly disturbing for us. We trust it closes as quickly as time permits, harmony comes, and individuals proceed with their lives in harmony,” he added.

His better half, Nadia Yüce, said they confronted challenges because of Mariupol’s vicinity to the Russian line.

“The main days of the conflict were awful, we just heard the sounds all over the place. We were stunned and nobody can imagine how it is a conflict,” she said.

She said they were glad to be in Germany now. Most Ukrainians desire to get back one day, she added.

Around 160,000 regular people are caught in Mariupol, the chairman of the blockaded Ukrainian city said on Monday.

Something like 1,151 regular people have been killed and 1,824 harmed in Ukraine since Russia sent off a conflict on its neighbor on Feb. 24, as indicated by the United Nations, which has said that the genuine figure is possible far higher.

More than 3.86 million Ukrainians have escaped to adjoining nations, with millions more dislodged inside the nation, as per the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.