May 27. 2024. 8:45

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Turkey and Syria earthquake: Death toll passes 7,300 as rescue mission continues


Main Points

- Death toll rises to more than 7,300 as more bodies pulled from the rubble

- Erdogan imposes three-month state of emergency on 10 provinces

- Turkish ambassador to Ireland says his country will accept all forms of international aid


Syria’s state news agency SANA has said that at least 812 people were killed and 1,449 people injured in the government-held provinces of Aleppo, Latakia, Hama, Idlib and Tartous, reports Reuters. At least 1,120 people were killed in Syria’s opposition-held northwest and 2,500 injured with the toll expected to “rise dramatically,” rescuers in the region said. Those figures, added to the 5,400 known to have died so far in Turkey, bring the overall death toll from Monday’s earthquakes to more than 7,300.

One of the dead is Ahmet Eyup Turkaslan, a goalkeeper with the Turkish second division football club Yeni Malatyaspor, confirmed the news on Twitter. “Our goalkeeper, Ahmet Eyup Turkaslan, lost his life after being under the collapse of the earthquake. Rest in peace,” wrote the club on social media. “We will not forget you, beautiful person.”

Many other people endure an agonising wait for news about their loved ones, as Laura Pitel reports in this article. It begins thus: “The diggers had been working around the clock on a side street of the Turkish city of Şanlıurfa when a sudden hush descended and the grinding of heavy machinery came to a halt. Then the rescue team cried out in unison: ‘Is there anyone under there?’”


So far more than 30 countries have sent rescue workers to help in Turkey and Syria, including Ukraine, whose president, Volodymyr Zelensky, announced the support on social media after expressing condolences to his Turkish counterpart.

Speaking to @RTErdogan, I expressed condolences over the tragedy that befell the