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More than 470 injured in Syria due to the new earthquakes in Turkey


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On Tuesday, the Harb Observatory reported that at least 470 people were injured in Syria after recent earthquakes rocked the Turkish province of Hatay, and 150 others were injured in opposition-held northwest Syria.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, about 320 people were injured in regime-controlled areas, most of them in Aleppo. The Observatory said that most of the injured had fractures and bruises.

“Hospitals and medical centers have so far recorded, according to the information I received, more than 125 injuries in northwestern Syria after the earthquake that struck the region, most of them injuries resulting from fear and panic, jumping from buildings, or fainting cases,” tweeted Raed Saleh, head of the Syrian Rescue Group. The White Helmets.

The Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) said that five hospitals it supports in northwest Syria have received several people with minor injuries, some when parts of damaged buildings fell on them.

And the Syrian News Agency (SANA) stated that hospitals in Aleppo, in regime-controlled areas, received panicked residents, while six people were injured as a result of falling rubble. Al-Razi Hospital in the city of Aleppo received 47 cases, according to media reports.

“We rushed outside, not knowing how we left. I was afraid we would suffer the same fate as those who died under the rubble,” said Khadija al-Khalaf, a 45-year-old mother from the opposition. Azaz city.

A monitoring group said people jumped from rooftops and balconies as they tried to flee to safety in opposition-held northwest Syria.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said there were also casualties from falling debris in Salqin, Hareem, Idlib, Khirbet al-Juz and the Aleppo countryside.

The Observatory added that in the areas controlled by the regime, destroyed buildings fell in the Al-Midan and Al-Jamilah neighborhoods in the countryside of Aleppo.

Buildings also collapsed in the small town of Jenderes, which was already badly damaged in previous quakes, according to a spokesperson for aid organization SAMS.

People were roaming the streets in many areas, including in Damascus, fearing more tremors, said Rula Amin, a spokeswoman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the region, on Twitter.

“It was as strong as the first one, but it didn’t last long… It terrified the people and the masses rushed into the streets,” said Abdul Kafi, a Syrian activist in northwest Syria. He was referring to the earthquakes on February 6 that killed 41,156 people in Turkey alone.

The official death toll in Syria is 5,900, but it has not been updated for days. Thousands more are feared dead in both countries.

In Syria alone, 8.8 million people have been affected by earthquakes, the UN deputy representative in Syria, Najat Rushdi, tweeted on Sunday. Meanwhile, activist Mustafa Dahnoun, from Idlib, told Deutsche Presse Agentur (DPA) by phone that “aid is still very slow” and that people in the area are “in dire need of everything”.

“The international community must work harder and push for more aid for our region,” he said.

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