Devastated Syrian & Turkish People Recall The Moments Two Earthquakes Struck Both Countries

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A 7.8 magnitude earthquake along the border of Türkiye and Syria has caused devastation in both countries, with more than 3,800 reported deaths (2,300+ in Türkiye and 1,400+ in Syria) and more than 11,000 injuries.

This disastrous event, which caused damage in Türkiye, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Palestine was followed by a second 7.5 magnitude earthquake, the likes of which were reportedly felt in countries such as Iraq, Egypt and even Japan.

The pair of quakes reportedly caused more than 50 aftershocks, and completely destroyed buildings in Turkey’s Diyarbakir, Kahramanmaraş and Gaziantep.

“We were fast asleep when we felt a huge earthquake,” Abdel Hamid told AFP from a hospital in Syria’s Idlib Governorate.

“I woke up my wife and children and we ran towards the exit door.

“We opened the door, and suddenly the entire building collapsed.”

Per the ABC, all of Hamid’s neighbours in his four-storey building in Syria’s Azmarīn perished in the building’s collapse. Hamid’s family made it out alive.

“The walls collapsed over us, but my son was able to get out,” he said.

“He started screaming and people gathered around, knowing there were survivors, and they pulled us out from under the rubble.”

Videos of children and infants being pulled from the rubble have been circulating on social media, as well as prayers for all affected by the devastating event.

It is reported that many individuals are still trapped under the rubble.

Catherine Smallwood, Senior Emergency Officer for Europe at The World Health Organisation (WHO) said the number of deaths from the earthquakes could soon hit over 20,000, as so many people are currently missing or displaced.

“There’s continued potential of further collapses to happen so we do often see in the order of eight-fold increases on the initial numbers,” she told AFP.

“We always see the same thing with earthquakes, unfortunately, which is that the initial reports of the numbers of people who have died or who have been injured will increase quite significantly in the week that follows.”

“Once we got to the street, we saw dozens of families in shock and fear,” Anas Habbash from Syria’s Aleppo told AFP.

“I haven’t had that feeling all through the years of the war.

“This was much more difficult than shells and bullets.”

Habbash isn’t the only individual who has mentioned the initial sounds and devastation of the earthquakes have triggered memories of war, conflict and “bombs”, which have fractured Syria and its people for more than a decade.

Thankfully, multiple countries immediately sent aid to the affected countries to help relieve some of the devastation.

The US however will “monitor” the situation.

It’s times like this that you should put politics aside and remember your humanity, but I guess that’s asking the US too much.