Death toll from powerful earthquakes climbs to 1,559 in Syria

Death toll from powerful earthquakes climbs to 1,559 in Syria

At least 3,648 people injured, and hundreds more still trapped under rubble of collapsed buildings

By Mahmoud Barakat

ANKARA (AA) – At least 1,559 people have been killed and hundreds have been injured in Syria in a series of powerful earthquakes centered in southeastern Türkiye that jolted the wider region early on Monday, according to figures compiled on Tuesday from the Syrian regime's Health Ministry and Syrian Civil Defense.

The state-run SANA news agency reported, citing the Health Ministry that at least 769 people were killed and 1,448 others were injured while the Syrian Civil Defense said at least 790 people were killed and more than 2,200 others were injured in areas controlled by the opposition in northwestern Syria.

Syrian Civil Defense said on Tuesday that the death toll is likely to rise as hundreds of people remain trapped under the rubble of collapsed buildings.

The news agency reported on Monday that strong tremors hit the Idlib, Aleppo, Hama, Latakia, and Raqqa regions of Syria.

A large number of buildings were also destroyed or damaged in opposition-held areas in northern Syria, where rescue teams are frantically searching for survivors.

After the earthquakes, condolences poured in from around the world expressing solidarity with Türkiye and Syria, with many countries sending rescue teams and aid.

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