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At least 5 dead in Syria after latest quakes hit region


Activists said on Tuesday morning that at least five persons were killed in Syria following the most recent earthquakes that hit the area near the Turkish-Syrian border.

According to Turkey’s disaster management organisation AFAD, two earthquakes that were three minutes apart and measured 6.4 and 5.8 in magnitude hit southern Turkey on Monday evening.

The province of Hatay in Turkey’s Samanda area served as the epicentre.

Residents of Syria, Israel, Iraq, Lebanon, and the Palestinian Territories have also reported experiencing it, according to the Turkish observatory Kandilli.

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According to Rami Abdel Rahman, the director of the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, among those slain in Syria was a young child from Tartus, a coastal city, who passed away from a heart attack.

In the Syrian cities of Aleppo, Tartus, Hama and Latakia, residents panicked and jumped off the rooftops and balconies of houses as they tried to rush for safety, the observatory said.

The observatory added that the number of wounded increased to 500, with many suffering fractures and bruises as a result of falling stones and debris as well as amid stampedes.

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The activists said 350 of the injured were in government-held areas and 150 in the rebel-held north-west.

Abu Majed, a volunteer in the rescue teams White Helmets in north-west Syria, told dpa many people in the area spent their nights in the open air.

“About 90 per cent of the residents in north-west Syria spent their night with their children either in cars, in the open air or tents,’’ he told dpa on phone,” he added.

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According to the medical aid organisation SAMS, houses collapsed in several places near the city of Aleppo.

Meanwhile, at least three people died in Turkey, according to Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu, while 213 people were taken to hospital.

Turkish news agency Anadolu on Tuesday reported that the death toll stood at six.

The latest quakes came two weeks after two devastating earthquakes in the same area that had killed more than 47,000 people in Turkey and Syria. (dpa/NAN)