06 June 2023,   03:30
New quake hits battered Turkey, Syria - 3 dead, hundreds hurt

A new 6.4 magnitude earthquake killed 3 people and injured more than 200 in parts of Turkey laid waste 2 weeks ago by a massive quake that killed tens of thousands, authorities said. More buildings collapsed, trapping some people, while scores of injuries were recorded in neighboring Syria too.

Monday’s earthquake was centered in the town of Defne, in Turkey’s Hatay province. It was felt in Syria, Jordan, Cyprus, Israel and as far away as Egypt, and followed by a second, magnitude 5.8 temblor.

According to the Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu, 3 people were killed and 213 injured. Search and rescue efforts were underway in 3 collapsed buildings where 6 people were believed trapped.

Syria’s state news agency, SANA, reported that 6 people were injured in Aleppo by falling debris. The White Helmets, northwest Syria’s civil defense organization, reported more than 130 injuries, most of them non-life threatening, including fractures and cases of people fainting from fear, while a number of buildings in areas already damaged by the quake collapsed.