Earthquake in Turkey and Syria: the death toll exceeded 28 thousand people
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It has been almost a week since the earthquake hit Turkey and Syria, and the death toll from the massive quake on Sunday morning crossed the 28,000 mark, with 24,617 of those killed in Turkey. At the same time, work is underway to dismantle the rubble of the destroyed and search for survivors.
Even almost 150 hours after the tragedy, the Turkish rescue forces, as well as the teams from all over the world who joined them in the rescue efforts, do not lose hope and believe that they can help and save more injured people trapped under the rubble. A field hospital created by IDF in the city of Gaziantep, will continue to work in the coming days, and possibly later, as it continues to provide medical assistance to all who need it.
At the same time, the Turkish authorities began to assess the economic consequences of the earthquake that hit the country, in addition to the severe human catastrophe that led to the deaths of tens of thousands of people in the country. For his part, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan promised that the restoration of destroyed buildings will begin in the coming weeks.
The president's entourage began to prepare for the “battle” the day after the disaster. The Turkish authorities actually began looking for a scapegoat to blame for the collapse of buildings. In the Adana district, the central transportation hub affected by the earthquake, they ordered the arrest of 62 people suspected of negligence that led to the collapse buildings. Another 33 people were arrested in the city of Diyarbakir.
Recall that the Turkish president came to power after criticizing the actions of his predecessor after the 1999 earthquake that killed 17,000 people. After more than 20 years in power, Erdogan hopes to overthrow his political opponents and pave his way to re-electoral victory in three months, but a devastating earthquake may be his undoing.
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