Rescue workers work at the site of buildings damaged by an earthquake in rebel-held Azaz, Syria, February 6, 2023. Photo/REUTERS/Mahmoud Hassano
DAMASCUS – The death toll across Syria has risen to 560, according to the government and rescue workers in opposition-held areas.
The official SANA news agency, citing the Syrian Health Ministry, said 339 people were killed and 1,089 injured in government-held areas in the country still torn by war.
The White Helmets rescue group said 221 people were killed and 419 injured in opposition-held areas.
The death toll is estimated to continue to increase as the process of searching for victims in Syria and Turkey.
#Gaziantep The historical castle, which was affected by the earthquake in , was damaged.
While some of the bastions in the east, south and southeast parts of the historical Gaziantep Castle in the central Şahinbey district were destroyed by the earthquake, the debris was scattered on the road. #earthquake pic.twitter.com/0kWxCFbhDu
— A News (@ahaber) February 6, 2023
Meanwhile, Gaziantep Castle which originated in the Hittite Empire, and was later expanded in the Roman era, has been damaged by the earthquake.
Videos posted by local media showed parts of the castle crumbling, with some debris reportedly tumbling onto the street below.
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