Earthquake kills hundreds in Syria and Turkey

The Syrian Ministry of Health announced the death of 237 people and the injury of 539 others in the governorates of Aleppo, Latakia, Hama and Tartus due to an earthquake strike on Monday at dawn.

Syria witnessed at 4:17 am an earthquake affected by another stronger one that hit Turkey’s Gaziantep.
Syrian National Earthquake Center (NEC) said that the earthquake struck north of the city of Iskenderun, on the Turkish coast, with a magnitude of 7.7 on the Richter scale, while Tartus, on the Syrian coast, recorded an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4.
The earthquake caused the collapse of many buildings in several areas in Syria, underneath which people are still stuck.
Thirty-six buildings collapsed in Aleppo, according to North Press.
Meanwhile in Turkey, at least 284 people have died and more than 2,323 people have been injured, Turkey's Vice President Fuat Oktay said earlier today.
Turkish President Erdogan has said the death toll in the country has risen to 912.
He said 5,383 people have been wounded in the country, adding he could not predict how high the casualty numbers would rise.
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