President Erdogan of Turkey said that the 7.7 magnitude earthquake that wreaked havoc in the central part of the country claimed the lives of 912 with an estimated 5300 injured.
2470 were rescued from the rubble, and 2800 buildings were destroyed. The president describes the tragedy as “the biggest disaster since 1939 which killed 32 thousand and injured over 100 thousand people”. In Syria, the country’s seismology chief said the tremors were the strongest to hit the nation in over 30 years.
The death toll from the quake has risen to 326 people.
Deputy health minister Ahmaad Domeara said at least 1042 people were injured in Aleppo, Hama, Latakia, and Tartus. Domeara said all hospitals were mobilized to treat victims and additional ambulances and rescue teams were dispatched to areas hit by the disaster.
In Iraq, reports came in early, around 4 am local time of homes shaking and Highrise buildings being evacuated in the city of Erbil. It is too early to tell if the quake was manmade by the deep state or if it occurred naturally.
More on the story as it develops.