560 said killed across Syria in predawn Turkey earthquake

Members of the Syrian Civil Defence, or White Helmets, look for casualties under the rubble following an earthquake in the town of Zardana in the countryside of the northwestern Syrian Idlib province, February 6, 2023. (Mohammed AL-RIFAI/AFP)
Members of the Syrian Civil Defence, or White Helmets, look for casualties under the rubble following an earthquake in the town of Zardana in the countryside of the northwestern Syrian Idlib province, February 6, 2023. (Mohammed AL-RIFAI/AFP)

At least 560 people were killed across Syria after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck neighboring Turkey before dawn on Monday, the government and rescue workers said.

The official news agency SANA, citing the health ministry, said at least 339 people were killed and 1,089 injured in government-controlled areas of the war-torn country. The White Helmets rescue group said at least 221 were killed and 419 injured in rebel-held areas.

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