In Syria, rescuers intensify rescue work due to an earthquake in the border zone. Author: PL
DAMASC, 7 February. — The Syrian Ministry of Health has reported 48 new deaths out of a total of 812 deaths from an earthquake that has affected the center and northwest of this Levantine country. According to the organization’s update, 1,448 injured have been added, and it is explained that the casualties are mainly concentrated in the provinces of Aleppo, Latakia, Hama, Idlib and Tartus.
The previous balance added 810 dead and 2,200 injured in the non-government-controlled areas of Idlib and Hama, activists told Al-Watan daily. Aleppo Mayor Muhammad Hijazi said the province has recorded 266 deaths so far and 89 people have been rescued alive after being pulled from rubble.
While Latakia Governor Amer Hilal said 139 people had died and 250 were injured, a woman and her two children managed to make it out alive today in the coastal town of Jable, PL reported. In turn, the commander of the Hama fire brigade, Taer Al-Hassan, announced the completion of rescue operations throughout the governorate and said that an assessment of property damage is currently being carried out.
In this context, the head of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (MLRAS), Khaled Habubati, issued a humanitarian appeal to the international community to lift the sanctions hindering the rescue work. According to Habubati, the disaster is big and everyone’s help is needed.
Source: Juventud Rebelde