Nearly 300,000 people displaced by earthquake in Syria

Himalaya Times
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More than 298,000 people have been compelled to abandon their homes due to the massive earthquake, Syrian state media reported, in an apparent reference to the parts of Syria under government control.

Hussein Makhlouf, Syrian minister of local administration and environment said the state had also opened 180 shelters for displaced people, as per State news agency SANA reports.

Syrian health ministry reported damage across the provinces of Aleppo, Latakia, Hama and Tartus.

A 7.8 magnitude quake occurred at 04:17 am (0117 GMT) at a depth of about 18 kilometres (11 miles) near the Turkish city of Gaziantep, on Monday, followed by a slightly smaller 7.5 magnitude tremor and many aftershocks.


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