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British actor Tamer Hassan breaks down as he reveals family is lost in Turkey following earthquake

British actor Tamer Hassan breaks down as he reveals family is lost in Turkey following earthquake

"We have family missing in these earthquakes that haven't been found"

Heartbreaking footage shows Tamer Hassan break down as he reveals some of his family are missing in Turkey following the devastating earthquakes.

The London actor, who is of Turkish Cypriot descent, is best known for his roles in British gangster films such as The Business and The Football Factory.

Right now, he is in Cyprus as he helps with the search and rescue efforts following the catastrophic 7.8 and 7.5 magnitude earthquakes, which struck on Monday (6 February) near the country's border with Syria.

At the time of reporting, the death toll in both Turkey and Syria sits at 17,100, while hundreds of thousands of people have been left homeless.

Hassan spoke with Sky News from the city of Kyrenia as he described the 'devastation' they were feeling over what's happened, explaining how he'll be travelling from Cyprus to Turkey within the next couple of days.

"We're here, raising money, sending over supplies, and trying to find a route into Turkey and to the worst affected areas," he said.

The actor is calling on the world for help.
Sky News

"The biggest distress for me is that there are some areas that have been completely flattened and with no help.

"What we're trying to do here is ascertain exactly where the most help is needed."

The 54-year-old continued: "We have family there, people dying. My biggest fear there is that people are going to start turning on each other.

"I don't think the government is doing enough. They need to step up now and do a lot more for us and unite as one so we can all help as much as we can here."

The reporter then asked Hassan to clarify whether he's talking about his own family, to which he replied: "We have family missing in these earthquakes that haven't been found.

"Due to the cold weather, we're not hopeful."

"We're quite worried," he added before taking a pause as he grew tearful, with the reporter telling him to 'take his time'.

Hassan went into detail about how people can help, explaining that he's set up a GoFundMe page to help the search and rescue efforts and cover the costs of supplies such as blankets, water, food and tents.

Search and rescue teams are working tirelessly to find survivors.
Xinhua/Alamy Stock Photo

So far, the page has raised £8,725 of its £100,000 goal - if you can contribute, follow this link.

But most significantly, the actor said that they're in need of manpower in both Turkey and Syria, stating: "We're desperate for manpower.

"We need the governments over there to stand up, to start sending the army in, to start standing up and helping their people...

"Like I said, Turkey and Syria need the world to come together now to help them. This humanitarian disaster is like nothing we've ever seen and we hope that we never ever see it again in our lifetime."

LADbible Group is donating and raising money to help World Vision provide shelter, food and hygiene kits to support those affected by the devastating earthquake in Turkey and Syria. Please donate whatever you can here

Featured Image Credit: Sky News/Shutterstock

Topics: World News, Celebrity, Environment