Turkey-Syria earthquake kills thousands

For many Syrian victims of the devastating earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria on Monday, it is just the latest in a decade-long series of tragedies.

The 7.8 magnitude quake struck in the early morning, killing more than 5,000 people in the two countries and injuring thousands. It is the strongest earthquake recorded in Turkey in 84 years.

In Syria, most of the victims were in the northwest of the country, mainly in the cities of Aleppo, Hama, Latakia and Tartous, according to the official SANA news agency.

This region was already struggling to rebuild vital infrastructure badly damaged by continuous aerial bombardment during the country’s civil war, which the United Nations estimates has claimed 300,000 lives since 2011.

It’s a “crisis within a crisis,” El-Mostafa Benlamlih, the UN resident and humanitarian coordinator in Syria, told CNN’s Christina Macfarlane on Monday.

The infrastructure has been crippled by the situation, the war, etc. “, did he declare.

These towns are ghost towns… Many people are very scared. They don’t want to go back to their homes. If we can call them houses in these cases. Sometimes they are ruins.

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