‘They’re safe and well’: British gangster film legend Tamer Hassan confirms that his family in Turkey have been found – after fearing the worst following horror earthquakes
- Tamer revealed earlier this week that his loved ones were lost in the rubble of the earthquakes that have killed over 21,000 people in Turkey and Syria
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Tamer Hassan was relieved to confirm on Friday that his family in Turkey have now been found and are safe and well.
The British-Turkish gangster movie star, 54, feared for the worst earlier this week as he revealed members of his family were lost in the rubble of the earthquakes that have killed over 21,000 people in Turkey and Syria.
But thankfully, The Football Factory star, who is currently in Cyrpus, was given the good news early on Thursday morning that his loved ones were finally found.
Appearing on GB News to share the update, Tamer said: ‘We had some good news yesterday that my family have been found, in the early hours in the morning.
‘We were told that they were found and they’re safe and well, by the grace of God.’
‘They’re safe and well’: British gangster film legend Tamer Hassan confirmed on Friday that his family in Turkey have been found – after fearing the worst following horror earthquakes
Talking on the breakfast news show, Tamer continued: ‘So thank you for everyone’s prayers and well-wishes, we don’t know too much information now but they have been found, which is amazing’.
It comes after the actor, who is also dad to Love Island star Belle, told Sky News earlier this week: ‘We have family missing. Due to the cold weather, we’re not hopeful… we’re quite worried. I have no words.
‘We’re all devastated. We have family that are lost. I’ll be heading to Turkey, we’re trying to find a route in to the worst affected areas’.
Tamer is now leading a campaign to raise £100,000 to help with the humanitarian crisis, and explained to GB news that he hopes to travel over to Turkey from Cyrpus this weekend to lend his help.
‘I came out to Cyprus and we’ve all sort of come together. So what we’re doing is loading lorries, loading planes, and sending everything over there,’ he explained.
Continuing: ‘I’ll be travelling hopefully tomorrow, to be on the ground to see how we can find ways in and how we can help on the ground there, basically getting our hands dirty.
The boxer turned actor hit the big time in his thirties when he starred in The Football Factory with pal Danny Dyer, then Layer Cake with Daniel Craig and also appeared in Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins. His TV work includes NCIS and Game of Thrones.
More than 23million people have suffered because of the 7.8 and 7.5 magnitude earthquakes this week. The death toll has hit 17,100 but thousands more are missing. 10.9 million people have been affected by the catastrophe in Syria and 13.5 million people in Turkey, according to the UN and Turkish officials.
Positive: Appearing on GB News to share the news, Tamer said: ‘ We had some good news yesterday that my family have been found, in the early hours in the morning
Update: Talking on the breakfast news show, Tamer continued: ‘So thank you for everyone’s prayers and well-wishes, we don’t know too much information now but they have been found, which is amazing’
Heartbreaking: He revealed on Sky News on Wednesday that his family were lost in the rubble of the Turkish earthquake
Family: Tamer is the father of Love Island star Belle Hassan (pictured left and right) and was speaking from Cyprus, where he has been raising money and gathering supplies to take to Turkey
Mr Hassan between Daniel Craig and Tom Hardy (far left) in Layer Cake
An aerial view of collapsed buildings as search and rescue efforts continue after 7.7 and 7.6 magnitude earthquakes hit Turkey (pictured) and Syria
Little boy sips water from a bottle cap as he is rescued, a baby is plucked from rubble
A little boy trapped in the rubble sips water from a bottle cap
With many people still trapped in the rubble in subfreezing temperatures, families have been appealing for help in locating their loved ones, including many famous Britons from the Turkish communities in the UK, the majority of whom live in London.
Tamer has been raising money and gathering supplies to take to Turkey.
Speaking exclusively to MailOnline this week, Tamer explained his plans to be on the ground in Turkey.
He said: ‘It’s just like nothing we’ve ever seen before, and I’ve felt a calling for me, that I have to come and try and use my platform as best I can. I just need to go there and put my hand in the rocks.
‘I intend to be there as long as it takes – days, weeks, months, years. I have totally committed myself to this humanitarian cause.’
Among those also displaced by the tragedy are relatives of Love Island winner Ekin-Su Culculoglu, whose extended family has been forced to sleep outside after their homes were damaged or destroyed.
The Love Island winner, 28, who is of Turkish origin and lived in Istanbul for two years, said some of her extended family have been caught up in Monday’s disaster.
She appeared on Sky News on Tuesday to discuss the earthquake and explained that members of her extended family have been forced to sleep outside following the disaster.
Emotional: The Football Factory star, 54, choked back tears as he explained, ‘We have family missing. Due to the cold weather, we’re not hopeful… we’re quite worried’
Danny Dyer and his friend Tamer Hassan in 2005 movie The Business
40-year-old Selma Hasar is rescued from the rubbles at Odabasi Defne Ogretmenler (Teachers) Residential Site 80 hours after 7.7 and 7.6 magnitude earthquakes hit multiple provinces of Turkey and Syria
Belle Hassan and her father Tamer leave a London party in 2019
During her televised appearance from her Essex home, Ekin-Su admitted it has been a ‘scary’ time for her as she threw her support behind relief efforts.
She said: ‘I have members of my family who have obviously experienced the shake, they’ve been outside, they’ve been sleeping outside.
READ MORE: How to help survivors from sending cash to donating blood and sharing updates
‘It’s scary because it’s people who are very close to me. I’ve had numerous people on Instagram reach out to me, they’ve sent me locations of an address, pictures live. They are screaming for help.
‘I want to use my platform as much as I can to help anyone out there from Syria and Turkey.’
Ekin-Su, who has taken part in an appeal video for the British Red Cross, said she has donated money to rescue efforts and wants to go to Turkey at the ‘first opportunity’ with the charity.
She said: ‘As soon as the opportunity is given to me, I am there. Obviously it’s my home, it’s my second language. Anything I can do, I’m there to support anyone. So first opportunity, I’ll be there.’
‘Anyone in the UK or whoever was following me [on Instagram] from whatever I was on before, I just want to shout here again, please help. We’ve got children, families, friends desperately in need of your help,’ she continued.
‘I cannot emphasise this more. It’s really sad, it’s really heartbreaking. We are a nation, we are in this together. I am lost for words, it’s my hometown, it’s my country.’
Ekin-Su was born in Islington, London, to Turkish parents Sezer and Zekai and lived in Istanbul while starring on Turkish television shows, before moving back to the UK. Her parents relocated to the UK and she also has a younger brother Arda.
Speaking about her firsthand experience living in the country, she admitted she was ‘always in fear’ of earthquakes during her two-year stint residing in Istanbul.
She said: ‘I always lived in fear when I lived in Istanbul, but the fact that this has hit many cities and it has affected a big area of Turkey and Syria is so devastating.’
Shock: Ekin-Su Culculoglu has revealed that her family have been forced to sleep outside after a devastating earthquake hit parts of Turkey and Syria
Shocking: With many people still trapped in the rubble in subfreezing temperatures , families have been appealing for help in locating their loved ones
Rescuers in Turkey and Syria have continued their search for survivors trapped inside the ruins of their homes brought down by the devastating quake.
Against all the odds, search teams were still pulling people from the rubble on Wednesday more than 48 hours after the initial 7.8-magnitude quake. This included an entire Syrian family who were found alive after days trapped in freezing darkness.
Miraculous videos have emerged showing children being found by rescue teams across the devastated region, and pulled from wrecks of buildings covered in dust, but alive.
Hard work: Against all the odds, search teams were still pulling people from the rubble on Wednesday more than 48 hours after the initial 7.8-magnitude quake
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