The death toll from the violent earthquake that hit Turkey and Syria has risen to more than 12,000 dead, according to official data, but continues to grow by the hour.

“At present, 8,574 people have been killed, 49,133 injured and 6,444 buildings destroyed.” This was stated by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaking to the press in Kahramanmaras, during his first visit to southeast Turkey hit by the earthquake. The Turkish president also announced that many displaced persons will soon be transferred to hotels in Antalya, Alanya, and Mersin, seaside resorts in southern Turkey.

In Syria, there have been more than 2,700 victims but World Health Organization officials estimate the dead could be more than 20,000. The wounded are 37,011.

While the videos of the latest miraculous rescues go around the world, with the passing of the hours the hope of extracting people alive from the rubble descends, so far over 8 thousand have been saved by rescuers from various countries of the world who also had to face the complications deriving from rain and snow.

But large areas are unreachable in Syria, where the seismic swarm hit the Governorate of Aleppo and in particular the province of Idlib controlled in part by the HTS terrorists, heirs of the offshoot of Al Qaeda called Al Nusra, financed and armed by neighboring Turkey.

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