The death toll has passed 10,000 as search and rescue efforts continue for the third day after two massive earthquakes on Monday affected ten cities in southeastern Turkey and northern Syria.
Several regions in the southeast of Turkey hit by earthquakes on Monday have yet to receive aid, in particular the southern province of Hatay, where people are still waiting for aid and rescue teams to arrive for thousands of people under the rubble.
Turkish forces shelled the area around the town of Tel Rifat in the northern countryside of Aleppo in Syria in the early hours of Tuesday in the midst of emergency response after earthquakes struck both southeast Turkey and northern Syria on Monday.
Regarding earthquake response, Turkey’s President Erdoğan chose to speak to the leader of the centre-right Good Party, but excluded the main opposition Republican People’s Party and the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party from discussions.
Several earthquake experts and scientists appeared on live TV saying that Turkish authorities were warned, since 2022, that an earthquake of this magnitude could take place but no precautionary action was taken.
The Syrian Democratic Forces has offered aid to all disaster areas including regions outside its authority. General Commander Mazloum Abdi also offered his condolences to victims of the earthquake in both countries.
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