Turkish NBA player Cedi Osman said that his campaign raising tens of thousands of dollars to aid quake-hit eastern Turkey was a spontaneous gesture coming from concern for his countrymen.

“l wanted to react quickly after l saw the impact of the devastating earthquake on people in Elazig and Malatya,” he told Anadolu Agency after a Tuesday night game between his Cleveland Cavaliers and New Orleans Pelicans.

A 6.8 magnitude quake shook Turkey’s eastern Elazig province on Friday, killing at least 41 people and injuring over 1,500.

“l couldn’t go to Turkey, but l wanted to help somehow. It

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