Turkish paramedics have been battling to get the latest equipment from the US to the frontline of the conflict against ISIS, which has killed hundreds of thousands of civilians.
Now, it seems that Turkey’s Ambulant Depot in Gaziantep, an industrial town in southern Turkey, is no longer in service.
CNN Turk reported that the US military stopped deliveries of the EMS system, which was used to treat casualties in the war, in August of this year.
The Turkish Embassy told CNN Turk that Ambulants Depot in the capital of Ankara is not operating, and is no more.
Turkish media also reported that a US drone crashed in the town.
The drones crashed near the town of Mersin, a border town.
Mersin is a town in the eastern province of Hatay where a US-led coalition has been conducting airstrikes against ISIS positions in Syria since the beginning of the war in 2014.
The US military told CNN that it had no role in the accident, but would continue to provide assistance to the country.
“Ambulances provide lifesaving care to civilians, and their care is essential in the fight against terrorism and ISIS,” a spokesperson for the US Army’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team 2, Lt.
Col. Michael Bociurkiw, told CNN on Monday.
“As a result of the incident, the 3rd BCT Team in Hatay will not be using their vehicles to transport injured individuals to and from the facility.
We are continuing to support our Turkish counterparts in their effort to get medical equipment from abroad to help with the fight in Syria.”
Ambulance Depot in Istanbul is a main supply point for ambulance service in Turkey, and has a total of more than 10,000 personnel.
Turkey’s National Medical Association said in a statement that “the depot has been shut down for the past four months due to lack of resources.”
Turkey has been battling ISIS since the start of the civil war in Syria.
Since July 2015, over 100,000 people have been killed and nearly 10 million displaced, according to the United Nations.