Photos: People rush to rescue survivors after buildings collapse in the Syrian city of Aleppo

Locals watch as rescue teams search for survivors under the rubble of a collapsed building after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit the regime-controlled northern Syrian city of Aleppo on Monday morning.

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World leaders offer condolences and support after earthquake

Prime ministers and presidents from around the world have been quick to offer support and solidarity to Turkey and Syria as both nations recover from Monday’s earthquake. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said 45 countries had offered to help with search and rescue operations.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a tweet that he was «distraught» at the loss of life and immediately offered help.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Lebanon’s acting Prime Minister Najib Mikati made similar offers of condolences and assistance.

Russian President Vladimir Putin also offered support to Turkey and Syria, in a message on the Kremlin’s website.

Photos: Children treated for injuries in rebel-held Syria

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Turkey and Syria on February 6, killing hundreds in their sleep, toppling buildings and sending tremors felt as far as the island of Cyprus and Egypt.
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Children injured in a morning earthquake receive treatment at al-Rahma hospital in the Syrian city of Darkush, on the outskirts of the rebel-held Idlib province, on Monday.

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Turkey and Syria on February 6, killing hundreds in their sleep, toppling buildings and sending tremors felt as far as the island of Cyprus and Egypt.
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New massive earthquake shakes Turkey and Syria

A second massive earthquake of magnitude 7.6 has struck southeastern Turkey, the country’s Emergency and Disaster Management Authority said.

Earthquake kills 912, injures more than 5,000 in Turkey, says Erdogan

At least 912 people were killed and 5,383 injured in Turkey’s 7.8-magnitude quake on Monday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.

Erdogan said it was the country’s biggest disaster since 1939, adding that 2,818 buildings collapsed from the quake and aftershocks.

«Nine thousand troops are currently conducting search and rescue operations, and this number is constantly increasing with those arriving in the region from abroad,» he added. «We do not know how much the number of deaths and injuries will increase, as debris removal work continues in many buildings in the earthquake zone.»

The number of people rescued was 2,818, he added, speaking on state television.

Photos: Desperate efforts to find survivors in southern Turkey

Diyarbakir Turkey earthquake
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Local men help rescue workers as they try to move a large piece of rubble after a building collapsed in Diyarbakir, Turkey, on Monday, trapping residents below the rubble. A man cries during the search for survivors in Diyarbakir after the 7.8-magnitude earthquake.

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WHO concerned about parts of Turkey after earthquake: official

GENEVA — The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday it was concerned about areas of Turkey that were not reported after a deadly earthquake overnight.

«National authorities will focus on search and rescue at this time,» a WHO spokesperson told Reuters in a statement. «Then we will expect a greater need for trauma care to treat the injured and support the entire health system in the affected areas.»

Historic castle dating from the Roman Empire partly destroyed

Gaziantep Castle or Kalesi in Gaziantep, Turkey
Gaziantep Castle before it sustained extensive damage in Monday’s earthquake.Dimitar Chobanov / Alamy Stock Photo

An imposing castle in the southeastern Turkish city of Gaziantep, standing on a site dating back to the ancient Hittite empire, was left in ruins by Monday’s devastating earthquake.

The castle was developed and expanded by the Romans in the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD The Byzantine Empire in the 6th century added the 12 towers that surround the inner keep.

Historic Gaziantep castle damaged in the 7.4 earthquake in Turkiye
Damage to the Gaziantep castle after Monday’s earthquake.Mehmet Akif Parlak/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

A popular tourist spot, the remarkably well-preserved castle was also home to the Gaziantep Defense and Heroism Panoramic Museum, which told the story of the site’s central role in the Turkish war of independence after World War I.

The most recent renovation began in 2020, when a series of old subways tunnels were discovered.

NATO allies ‘mobilize support now’, says secretary general

Photos: Historic Gaziantep Castle badly damaged by earthquake

The historic Gaziantep Castle appears badly damaged after a major earthquake hit Gaziantep province in southern Turkey.

Historic Gaziantep castle damaged in the 7.4 earthquake in Turkiye
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A similar view shows the castle in November 2021.

Gaziantep Castle or Kalesi in Gaziantep, Turkey
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Turkish port of Iskenderun damaged by earthquake

ISTANBUL – Turkey’s maritime authority said on Monday that the port of Iskenderun located in Turkey’s southern province of Hatay is damaged due to the major earthquake.

Following its damage inspections, the authority said on Twitter that operations are continuing at ports other than Iskenderun.

Photos: Syrian first responders rush to help in northern Idlib

At least 50 have reportedly been killed in northern Syria after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake originated in Turkey and was felt in neighboring countries.
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The victims are rushed to the emergency room of the Bab al-Hawa hospital in the rebel-held northern countryside of the Syrian province of Idlib, on the border with Turkey. Members of the Syrian Civil Defense, also known as the White Helmets, carry an injured person pulled from the rubble in the village of Shalakh in Idlib early Monday.

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Turkey and Syria on February 6, killing hundreds in their sleep, toppling buildings and sending tremors felt as far as the island of Cyprus and Egypt.
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Emmanuel Macron of France offers aid to the region affected by the earthquake

“Terrible images reach us from Turkey and Syria after an earthquake of unprecedented force,” the French president wrote on Twitter. «France stands ready to provide emergency aid to the populations on the ground. Our thoughts are with the bereaved families.»

Photo: Dramatic rescue of a baby in the Syrian province of Idlib

A member of the Syrian Civil Defense, a volunteer force also known as the White Helmets, carries a child rescued from rubble in the town of Zardana, in the northwestern province of Idlib, Monday morning.

- A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Turkey and Syria on February 6, killing hundreds in their sleep, toppling buildings and sending tremors felt as far as the island of Cyprus and Egypt.
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The death toll rises to more than 660

At least 668 people have died in the quake, according to the latest figures.

At a press conference, Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay confirmed that at least 284 people had died in the country.

At least 237 more died in Syrian government-controlled areas, according to the country’s health ministry. At least 147 people were killed in rebel-held areas, according to the White Helmets.

That brings the combined death toll on the two borders to at least 668, and it is feared that it could still rise substantially with dozens of injured and rescuers and residents combing through the rubble.

The map shows where the earthquake occurred

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck central Turkey early Monday and was followed by a strong aftershock.
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A 7.8 magnitude earthquake killed more than 600 people and trapped many as it toppled buildings in southern Turkey and northern Syria on Monday.

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Rescue teams try to reach trapped residents in Adana, Turkey

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Rescue teams try to reach residents trapped inside collapsed buildings in Adana, southern Turkey, after a powerful earthquake toppled several buildings.access point