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Syria Agrees to Open Two More Border Crossings as Earthquake Death Toll Tops 37,000

HeadlineFeb 14, 2023

The death toll from last week’s massive earthquakes in Turkey and Syria has topped 37,000, as the United Nations warned nearly 900,000 quake survivors are in urgent need of hot food. More than 5 million people in Syria may have been left homeless by the disaster. On Monday, Syria’s government said President Bashar al-Assad had granted permission to the U.N. to deliver aid through two more border crossings from Turkey into rebel-held parts of northwest Syria.

This comes as rescue crews held out hope of finding a few more survivors trapped beneath collapsed buildings. On Monday, a 13-year-old boy in Hatay, Turkey, was pulled from the rubble after 182 hours. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said more than 8,000 people had been saved in similar operations. Erdogan’s praise for rescue workers came as a video went viral showing the Turkish leader boasting in 2019 about granting amnesty to construction companies for violating building standards at millions of sites across Turkey.

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