Heartbreaking moment ex-Fenerbahce star breaks down in tears during public plea for help for earthquake victims
FORMER Fenerbahce keeper Volkan Demirel was reduced to tears while pleading for help for the victims of Turkey’s huge earthquake.
More than 1,000 people were killed in an enormous once-in-a-century tremor of magnitude 7.8 on Monday morning.
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Rescuers have begun to search for people under the rubbleRex
Just hours later, they were then hit by a second earthquake which registered as a 7.5.
Ex-Chelsea and Newcastle winger Christian Atsu is reportedly trapped under the rubble.
And rescuers are now desperately trying to save as many people as they can.
Demirel, who spent 17 years playing for Fenerbahce, took to social media on Monday to plead with people outside Turkey for support.
And the emotion got to him while he was filming the clip as the heartbreaking reality of the situation hit home to those watching on.
Speaking on an Instagram live, Demirel said: “Help. I want you to send all the resources you have.
“To the environmentalists, it is not just Hatay and Antakya. Please, I am asking you.
“Please, please, for the love of god, people are dying here. For the love of god.”
Experts have warned the death toll could hit as high as 10,000.
The enormous quake – the biggest to hit the country in 100 years – caused devastation in neighbouring Syria.
The record-setting tremor was also felt on the island of Cyprus and as far away as Egypt.