B’nai B’rith International expressed its deepest condolences in a letter to Turkish Ambassador Serdar Kılıç in the wake of the ongoing mining disaster in Soma, Turkey that has left at least 245 dead and more than 200 still trapped underground. An explosion and subsequent fire broke out in a coal mine in western Turkey on May 13, about 155 miles south of Istanbul. Nearly 800 people were working in the mine and more than 350 have been rescued.
In the letter to Ambassador Kılıç, B’nai B’rith International President Allan J. Jacobs and Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin extend their thoughts and prayers to all those affected: “On behalf of B’nai B’rith International, we offer our deepest condolences to the families of the victims and express our solidarity with the rescue operation underway.”
Jacobs and Mariaschin continued: “During this difficult time we mourn the terrible loss of life and pray for the successful rescue and recovery of those workers who remained trapped. Please know that we are thinking of you, the people of Turkey, and the city of Soma in the days and weeks to come.”
Click here to read the full letter.