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Powerful earthquake hits southern of Turkey and Syria

Istanbul, Turkey CNN—

At least 3,830 people have died and rescuers are racing to pull survivors from beneath the rubble after a devastating earthquake ripped through Turkey and Syria, leaving destruction and debris on each side of the border. One of the strongest earthquakes to hit the region in a century shook residents from their beds at around 4 a.m. on Monday, sending tremors as far away as Lebanon and Israel. In Turkey, at least 2,379 people have died and several thousand are injured and at least 5606 buildings have collapsed, according to Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Agency (AFAD).

In neighboring Syria, at least 1,136 people have died. According to the Syrian state news agency SANA, 711 people have died across government-controlled areas, mostly in the regions of Aleppo, Hama, Latakia, and Tartus. The “White Helmets” group, officially known as the Syria Civil Defense, reported 740 deaths in opposition-controlled areas. Much of northwestern Syria, which borders Turkey, is controlled by anti-government forces amid a bloody civil war that began in 2011.

Powerful earthquake hits southern of Turkey and Syria
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