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Latest earthquake news in Turkey and Syria: thousands dead and tens of thousands injured

2023-02-09T08:32:51.075Z


Rescue teams are searching for survivors among the thousands of collapsed buildings amid freezing weather conditions.


Rescue personnel carry out search operations in Adiyaman, Turkey, on Thursday.

(Ozkan Bilgin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

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The death toll from the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria exceeds 16,000

By Isil Sariyuce

Rescue personnel carry out search operations in Adiyaman, Turkey, on Thursday.

(Ozkan Bilgin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

The death toll from the devastating earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria on Monday is now at least 16,035, according to authorities.

In Syria, the total number of deaths is at least 3,162, including 1,900 in rebel-held areas in the northwest, according to the White Helmets civil defense group.

Some 1,262 deaths have been recorded in government-controlled parts of the country, according to Syrian state media.

In Turkey, the number of victims has risen to at least 12,873, the Turkish Emergency and Disaster Management Agency (AFAD) said on Thursday.

Aid agencies have warned that the death toll is likely to rise significantly, especially in Syria, as search and rescue teams sift through the rubble of thousands of collapsed buildings amid freezing weather conditions, facing the risk of aftershocks.

Tens of thousands of people have been injured across the region, according to authorities.

1 hour ago

Body of Australian earthquake victim found in Turkey

By Angus Watson

The body of an Australian killed in Monday's earthquake has been found in Turkey, according to Linda Scott, a Sydney city councillor.

Can Pahali, also known as John, was visiting family in the country and on vacation in Hatay province when the earthquake struck, CNN affiliate Nine News reported.

The Australian Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed the death of an Australian citizen as a result of the earthquake, but did not provide the name of the individual.

"The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is deeply saddened by reports that an Australian has been killed in the Turkiye earthquakes," the ministry said.

"Our consular team and our teams in Turkiye and Lebanon are working hard to help families concerned about their loved ones."

The ministry said it is supporting another 50 Australians and their families who were in the earthquake zone.

3 hours ago

Duel on the border between Syria and Turkey

By Raja Razek

Earthquake victims bodies returned from Turkey to Syria via the Bab al Hawa crossing.

Photos taken at a Turkey-Syria border crossing show a devastating scene as families receive the bodies of their loved ones who died in Monday's earthquake.

The bodies of more than 300 Syrians who died in the earthquake in Turkey have crossed the border, a spokesman for the Bab al-Hawa border crossing said on Wednesday.

The bodies have been sent back to Syria so the victims can be buried in their home country, Bab al-Hawa spokesman Mazen Alloush said.

A man reacts as the bodies of Syrians are returned to the Turkish-Syrian border on Tuesday.

(Bab al-Hawa border crossing)

"From Monday, and until now, we are receiving bodies," he said.

"The bodies of the Syrians, who were in Turkey, have been sent to us from various areas and hospitals."

More than 16,000 people have died in Turkey and Syria after Monday's catastrophic earthquake, according to authorities, and the death toll is expected to rise further.

Authorities have yet to release a detailed breakdown of the victims' nationalities.

Turkey hosts some 3.6 million Syrian refugees, according to UN figures, and hundreds of thousands of them live in the southern province of Gaziantep, near the epicenter of the quake.

A truck with body bags is seen at the Turkish-Syrian border on Tuesday.

(Bab al-Hawa border crossing)

Allloush told CNN that no aid had yet crossed the border, but that he had received notice that six trucks would enter the border before noon on Thursday.

According to Alloush, the six trucks would carry sanitary items and possibly food.

Source: cnnespanol

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