Days of Palestine

Friday, March 24

Turkey-Syria Earthquake Kills 8 Palestinian Refugees

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Eight Palestinians died on Monday morning, February 6, due to the earthquake that shook several buildings in Syria and Turkey.

The Palestinian ministry of foreign affairs announced that 8 Palestinians, including three children, died in the Neirab and Latakia Palestine refugee camps in Syria.

In addition, the ministry indicated that the earthquake affected three Palestinian refugee camps in Syria, injuring dozens.

Palestinian ambassador to Syria Ahmed Al-Deik said that rescue teams managed to pull out eight Palestinians alive from beneath the rubble.  Rescue teams are searching for some others under the rubble.

He added that the rescue teams are fighting to search beneath the rubble as some Palestinians are still believed to be trapped under rubble in the Turkey-Syria earthquake.

Meanwhile, the Palestinian ambassador to Turkey, Faed Mustafa, said that no injuries were reported among the Palestinian community in Turkey as a result of the devastating earthquake.

In the early hours of Monday, hundreds of people died, and thousands of others sustained injuries in Turkey and Syria after a powerful magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit southern Turkey.

The quake, one of the strongest to hit the region in more than 100 years, struck 23 kilometers (14.2 miles) east of Nurdagi, Gaziantep province, at a depth of 24.1 kilometers (14.9 miles), the US Geological Survey said.