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More than 4,300 dead in Turkey and Syria after powerful quake

More than 4,300 people have died and rescuers are racing to pull survivors from beneath the rubble after the devastating magnitude 7,5 earthquake ripped through Turkey and Syria on Monday, leaving destruction and debris on each side of the border.

More than 4,300 dead in Turkey and Syria after powerful quake

More than 4,300 dead in Turkey and Syria after powerful quake

STEPANAKERT, FEBRUARY 8, ARTSAKHPRESS: In Turkey, at least 2,921 people were killed and more than 15,800 others injured, CNN reported citing Turkey’s head of disaster services, Yunus Sezer.

In neighboring Syria, at least 1,451 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.

Monday’s quake is believed to be the strongest to hit Turkey since 1939. A series of aftershocks have reverberated throughout the day. The largest, a major quake that measured 7.5 in magnitude, hit in Turkey about nine hours after the initial quake, according to the USGS. That aftershock hit around 95 kilometers (59 miles) north of the original.


     

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Armenia Armed Forces did not open fire toward Azerbaijani positions

The statement released by the Defense Ministry of Azerbaijan claiming that from 00:15 to 02:30 March 15 the units of the Armed Forces of Armenia opened fire at Azerbaijani positions deployed in the eastern part of the Armenian-Azerbaijani borderline is untrue.”

Artsakh army did not fire at Azerbaijani positions

The statement released by the Defense Ministry of Azerbaijan claiming that Defense Army units periodically opened fire on March 15 at Azerbaijani positions deployed in the occupied territories of Martuni and Askeran regions in the Republic of Artsakh is yet another disinformation.”

The rescue workers, accompanied by Russian peacekeepers, convoyed the RA citizens who remained in Artsakh. Ministry of Internal Affairs regarded news spread by Azerbaijan as disinformation

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