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Syria's quake death toll in govt-held areas reaches 1,347 - state media

Rescuers search for survivors at the site of a collapsed building, in the aftermath of an earthquake, in Latakia, Syria February 9, 2023. REUTERS/Yamam al Shaar

At least 1,347 people have been killed in Syria and 2,295 others injured from deadly earthquakes that rocked the country and Turkey this week, state media reported on Thursday, citing Syria's health minister.

The figure excludes rebel-held areas of Syria.

The confirmed death toll in Turkey rose to 16,546 on Thursday, President Tayyip Erdogan said. A series of earthquakes hit both Syria and Turkey on Monday, leaving hundreds of thousands of people homeless in the wake of the disaster.

(Reporting by Yomna Ehab; Writing by Adam Makary, Editing by Kylie MacLellan)

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