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People await news of their loved ones, believed to be trapped under a collapsed building on February 11, 2023 in Hatay, Turkey.
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25 mins ago
A 70-year-old woman is rescued in Turkey 121 hours after the earthquake
By Isil Sariyuce, Reyhan Baysan
A 70-year-old woman was rescued from rubble in the Turkish city of Kahramanmaras, 121 hours after the devastating earthquake struck the country and Syria, according to CNN's sister network, CNN Turk.
She has been named as Menekse Tabak.
This comes just hours after a 16-year-old boy was pulled alive from the rubble of a destroyed building in the region.
The 7.8 magnitude earthquake is the deadliest hit experienced by the country in more than 80 years, causing at least 20,665 deaths in Turkey alone.
A UN liaison officer in the country warned that they are nearing the end of the search and rescue window, with a "lesser chance" of finding survivors under the rubble in sub-zero temperatures.
35 mins ago
The death toll exceeds 24,000
By Isil Sariyuce, Jonny Hallam
The death toll from Monday's devastating earthquakes in Turkey and Syria has reached at least 24,178, according to authorities.
In Turkey, the death toll has risen to at least 20,665, according to the country's disaster and emergency management presidency, SAKOM.
In Syria, the total death toll stands at 3,513, including 2,166 in rebel-held areas in the north-west of the country, according to the 'White Helmets' civil defense, and 1,347 dead in government-controlled parts of Syria. according to Syria.
40 minutes ago
The "White Helmets" are no longer looking for survivors after the earthquake on Monday
Syria Civil Defense, known as the "White Helmets", announced the end of operations to search for survivors in rebel-held areas in north and north-west Syria following earthquakes that hit the country and Turkey on Monday.
The volunteer organization said it believed no one trapped under the rubble was still alive after 108 hours of searching, the White Helmets said in a statement issued late Friday.
However, they started a new phase called body search and recovery operations.
The group did not give an estimate of the number of people believed to be trapped under the rubble.
“From the start of the earthquake on Monday at 4:17 a.m. local time until the announcement of the end of search and rescue operations, there were 2,166 deaths and more than 2,950 injuries in all areas affected by the earthquake in the north and northwest Syria," the White Helmets said.
"Our teams have carried out 108 hours of work in more than 40 cities, towns and villages in northwestern Syria, in which around 479 residential buildings were completely destroyed and more than 1,481 buildings partially destroyed," the statement added.
According to the statement, many women and children were among the dead in the areas hardest hit by the quake, including the towns of Jindires and Haram in the north of the country.
"New disappointment and frustration for the Syrians, as the international community ignores the human tragedy in northwestern Syria, despite all the calls made by the Syrian Civil Defense to send the necessary support for rescue operations in search of survivors under mountains of rubble," the statement said.
"Despite the dire need for humanitarian support for all affected areas, Syrians have lived these difficult days alone, as they had lived before," the statement added.
50 minutes ago
They rescue 3 brothers in Turkey after almost 5 days under the rubble
Three brothers were rescued from the rubble of a five-story apartment building 120 hours after the earthquake, Turkish state media TRT reported on Friday.
The chain showed images of the rescue of the third brother.
They wrapped him in a thermal cover and sent him to the hospital for further medical evaluation, he reported.
According to TRT, the rescue team worked for nine hours at the site of Antakya, the main city of the hard-hit Hatay province, digging up to the second floor.
The team rescued the first brother at hour 117 and the second at 119.
55 mins ago
This is what you need to know about the earthquake
A view of damaged buildings in the area under rebel control of Jandaris, in Syria (REUTERS / Khalil Ashawi)
Monday's deadly earthquake has left millions of people homeless in Turkey and Syria in the dead of winter, aid organizations say, with survivors finding shelter in temporary shelters amid freezing temperatures.
In Syria alone, approximately 5.37 million people will require housing assistance, according to a preliminary estimate by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees,
There are still glimmers of hope for the survivors under the rubble.
On the fifth day since the earthquake, teams were able to rescue a mother and her two daughters, as well as another family of six in Turkey.
But the pace of bailouts has slowed.
Meanwhile, families are grieving as they begin to bury their loved ones.
Salma Salazar, who lost members of her family, told CNN that her family is "very heartbroken."
This is what you need to know:
This is what you need to know:
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Monday's disaster was the deadliest earthquake to hit Turkey in more than 80 years.
The earthquake has killed more than 23,000 people, more than those who died in the Fukushima disaster in Japan in 2011.
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that the country's government will pay citizens rent for a year if they do not want to stay in tents.
He also promised sanctions for those involved in crimes during the declared state of emergency.
He has denounced attacks on businesses and robberies in the regions affected by the earthquake.
Turkey's Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said on Friday that judicial investigations have been launched for builders in the quake-hit regions, according to Turkey's state media Anadolu.
Erdogan said more than 141,000 rescue personnel are working on the ground in 10 earthquake-hit provinces in Turkey.
And according to the White House, the United States will "increase" its assistance to Turkey and Syria.
But in Syria, President Bashar al-Assad on Friday criticized Western countries for "disregarding the human condition."
His comment is in line with statements heard from Syrian government officials and state media, who attributed the lack of humanitarian aid and hampered rescue team to US and European Union sanctions.
On Friday, the Syrian government approved the shipment of aid to rebel-held territory in the country's northwest, but the aid group International Organization for Migration tells CNN they have not received specific details from officials about the announcement.
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