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Syria quake aid blocked from parts of Aleppo province, Amnesty says

FILE PHOTO: Syrian woman Amina Raslan sits with her son and her grandchildren, at her son's partially damaged home, in the aftermath of a deadly earthquake, in Aleppo, Syria February 13, 2023. REUTERS/Firas Makdesi/File Photo

Beirut, LebanonReuters The Syrian Government and Turkey-backed rebel forces have blocked more than 100 trucks carrying humanitarian aid from entering two zones in Aleppo province hit by last month’s deadly earthquake, Amnesty International said on Monday.  The aid, which included food, medical supplies, tents and fuel, was sent by Kurdish authorities, the rights group said.  […]

Rescuers toil on in rubble of Turkey and Syria; survivors harder to find

Seho Uyan, who survived a deadly earthquake, but lost his four relatives, sits in front of a collapsed building in Adiyaman, Turkey February 11, 2023.

Antakya, Turkey/Jandaris, Syria Reuters Rescuers pulled some survivors from rubble on Saturday, five days after Turkey’s most devastating earthquake since 1939 that also killed thousands of people in Syria, but hopes were fading for many more to be found.  In Kahramanmaras, close to the epicentre in south Turkey, there were fewer visible rescue operations amid […]

Syrian baby born on day of earthquake brought mother “back to life”

Fatmah Ahmad holds her new born baby Najm al-Din Mahmoud, who was born on the same day of the earthquake, in Aleppo, Syria February 10, 2023. REUTERS/Firas Makdesi

Aleppo, SyriaReuters When the earthquake struck, Fatmah Ahmad’s family fled their building in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo only for her to go into labour – giving birth to her third child in hospital a few hours later. The journey to hospital had been difficult, with “many deaths and damage around us”, she said, […]

Turkey leader acknowledges earthquake relief problems as death toll passes 12,000

Rescuers work at the site of a damaged building in the aftermath of a deadly earthquake in Kahramanmaras, Turkey, February 8, 2023.

Updated: 11:15am (AEST)Kahramanmaras/Antakya, Turkey Reuters President Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday admitted there were problems with his government’s initial response to a devastating earthquake in southern Turkey, amid anger from those left destitute and frustrated over the slow arrival of rescue teams. Erdogan, who contests an election in May, said on a visit to the disaster […]

Earthquake leaves Syrians across frontlines with shared catastrophe

People arrive at a temporary shelter inside a sports center, in the aftermath of the earthquake, in rebel-held town of Azaz, Syria, February 6, 2023.

Beirut, LebanonReuters On one side of Syria’s civil war, a man in army fatigues carried a lifeless child’s ashen body from the rubble of a shattered building in the government-held city of Hama. Across a frontline on another side of Syria, a rescue worker in the white helmet and black-yellow vest of the Syrian civil […]

Earthquake piles misery on war-ravaged Syrians in wintry north

People gather as rescuers search for survivors under the rubble, following an earthquake, in rebel-held town of Jandaris, Syria February 6, 2023. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi

Jandaris, Syria Reuters Wailing children, flattened buildings and hospitals full of bodies – a devastating earthquake on Monday looked painfully familiar for Syrian families and rescuers worn down by nearly 12 years of bombardment and displacement.  The 7.8 magnitude earthquake sent people rushing into the streets in the country’s north, where air strikes and shelling […]

Thirteen killed after building collapses in Syria’s Aleppo – state media

Syria Aleppo building collapse

Amman, JordanReuters Thirteen people were killed when a residential building collapsed in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on Sunday and rescue workers were searching for people believed still buried under the rubble, state media said. The five-storey building in the Sheikh Maksoud district of Syria’s second largest city collapsed due to water leakages that […]

“A dear friend”: Syrian carves model of Cologne cathedral

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Cologne, Germany AP When Syrian refugee Fadel Alkhudr arrived in Germany in 2015, the first thing he saw when he stepped out of the train in Cologne was the city’s majestic cathedral. Alkhudr, 42, became so fascinated by the famous Gothic landmark on the Rhine river with its twin spires and elaborate ornaments that he […]