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Christians in Turkey pray for return to the ruins of ancient Antioch

Antakya, Turkey Reuters The Antioch Greek Orthodox Church brought Christians together in Turkey’s Antakya for centuries until last year, when an earthquake killed dozens of them and sent hundreds more fleeing. Though it now lies in ruins, many pray it will again bring them back. “Our churches are levelled and our bell towers are silent,” […]

Turkey earthquake survivors search rubble for their gold savings

Hatice Yigit, 57, speaks on the phone as she waits for news on the search for the gold and money she saved for her daughter's engagement in the remains of her collapsed home after a deadly earthquake in Antakya, Hatay province, Turkey, March 1, 2023.

Osmaniye, TurkeyReuters In the nearly-deserted centre of the southern Turkish city of Osmaniye, an elderly couple wait by the ruins of the three-story building where they lived, hoping their life savings might emerge from the debris when it is cleared.  Reyhan Vural, 48, and her 59-year-old husband Metin survived the devastating 6th February quake that […]

Turkey faces challenge “beyond comprehension” to clear earthquake rubble

A dump site of earthquake rubble is seen next to a brick and cement block factory on the outskirts of Antakya in Hatay province, Turkey February 25, 2023. REUTERS/Ece Toksabay

Antakya, Turkey Reuters After the deadliest earthquake in its modern history, Turkey faces the daunting task of disposing of hundreds of millions of tonnes of rubble, some of it potentially harmful. The 6th February earthquake and aftershocks left at least 156,000 buildings either completely collapsed or damaged to the point where they require demolition, Turkish […]

Children play, mother mourns: life grinds on in a Turkey camp

Fatima Asheri stands with her daughter Melissa in a camp for people whose homes have been destroyed, in the aftermath of a deadly earthquake, in Antakya, Hatay province, Turkey, February 23 2023.

Antayka, Turkey Reuters With a smile on her face but pain in her eyes, Fatima Asheri watched her two surviving children play with other young earthquake survivors at a camp for displaced people near the centre of Turkey’s disaster zone. “The children are having fun and playing. But the parents feel defeated,” the 28-year-old said, […]

Turkey steps up rebuilding plans as quake toll nears 50,000

Arsin and his father take belongings out of their destroyed apartment in the aftermath of the deadly earthquake in Antakya, Hatay province, Turkey, February 20, 2023.

Antakya, TurkeyReuters Turkey has stepped up plans to house victims of the devastating earthquake which struck its border region with Syria, the interior minister said, as the combined death toll in the two countries crept towards 50,000. Suleyman Soylu said 313,000 tents had been erected, with 100,000 container homes to be installed in the disaster […]

Turkey’s Antakya turns into a ghost city after third quake

People warm themselves by a fire beside a collapsed building and rubble, in the aftermath of a deadly earthquake, in Antakya, Hatay province, Turkey, February 21, 2023.

Antakya, TurkeyReuters Trucks, emergency vehicles and excavators lined the desolate streets of Turkey’s Antakya Tuesday night, after the third major earthquake in two weeks accelerated an exodus from the once-lively city. In the pitch-black streets, passing headlights revealed mounds of rubble, frames of broken windows, and entangled rebar. Red and blue flashing lights from military […]