A violent earthquake hit Turkey and Syria during the night of February 5-6. The still provisional toll reports hundreds of dead and thousands of injured. The tremors were felt as far away as Lebanon and Cyprus.
On the night of February 5-6, Turkey and Syria were hit by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake.
The two countries report a total of several hundred dead and thousands injured. The results, already dramatic, are still largely underestimated.
It is in Turkey that the earthquake finds its epicenter, near the city of Pazarcik, in the south-east of the country. Seven different provinces are reporting deaths, according to the government's disaster management agency (AFAD).
Hundreds of dead
Both countries have recorded hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries. At least 912 people have been killed in Turkey, and more than 6000 are injured.
The balance sheet is likely to increase significantly according to Vice-President Fuat Oktay. More than a thousand buildings have completely collapsed.
In Syria, these tremors would be the strongest "since the national earthquake center was founded in 1995" said the relief.
In government-controlled areas alone, more than 200 people have died, according to the Syrian health ministry.
Call for international help
This earthquake is the largest in Turkey since the earthquake of August 17, 1999, which caused the death of 17,000 people, including a thousand in Istanbul.
"All our teams are on alert. We have issued a level four alarm. This is a call, including for international help," Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu told the Haberturk channel.
Several foreign leaders have expressed their support on Twitter, such as Volodymyr Zelensky, Olaf Scholz and Emmanuel Macron.