Syria calls for int'l aid after deadly earthquakes

DAMASCUS, Feb. 6 (Xinhua) -- The Syrian Foreign Ministry on Monday called for international help after powerful earthquakes hit the country and killed nearly 900 people in Syria.

In a statement, the ministry urged the United Nations, the International Committee of the Red Cross and other humanitarian organizations to support the Syrian government in its rescue efforts following the deadly earthquakes.

Syria needs help in searching for survivors under the rubble and removing dead bodies and medical and food supplies for hosting and feeding the affected people, the ministry said.

Powerful earthquakes rocked southern Türkiye and its neighbor Syria early Monday, killing at least 1,498 and injuring 8,533 in Türkiye so far, according to statistics released by Türkiye's Disaster and Emergency Management Authority.

According to the Syrian health ministry and the Britain-based pro-rebel Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a 7.7-magnitude earthquake jolted the northern Syrian provinces of Latakia, Tartous, Hama, Aleppo and Idlib on Monday, killing at least 870 and injuring 1,326.

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