Algiers/Damascus, 8 February 2023 (TDI): The President of Algeria, Abdelmadjid Tebboune spoke with the President of Syria, Bashar Al-Assad.

He conveyed to the President his profound sorrow and condolences for the tragedy caused by the earthquake. He sympathized with the Syrian people and the victims’ families.

Turkey and Syria are recovering from the devastating earthquake that struck both countries. The death toll from Monday’s terrible earthquakes has risen above 11,000. Rescue workers search through the wreckage looking for survivors.

The quake is the deadliest since Japan’s 9.0-magnitude earthquake in 2011 triggered a triple-catastrophe that killed an estimated 20,000 people.

The number of entirely collapsed buildings has risen to 400 or more, with 1300 or more badly damaged in Syria. The State Department claimed that the earthquake that struck the northwestern part of Syria caused at least 1,220 dead and over 2,600 injuries.

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While the White Helmets stated that hundreds of homes are still buried by the rubble, and the death toll is expected to rise significantly. Thousands of additional structures have also been damaged.

National teams are continuing their search and rescue operations. The freezing winter weather made it more difficult to locate victims. Due to the cold weather, shelters are used as survivors’ homes.

War & Crisis in Syria

Millions of Syrians are already living on the Turkish-Syrian border, uprooted by the Syrian Civil War. Relief organizations are particularly concerned about northwest Syria. Over 4 million Syrians have already received humanitarian aid.

The UN estimates that nearly 4 million people in the country require aid, many of whom live in makeshift settlements along the Turkish border. Humanitarian assistance includes Food, shelter, medical care, and other needed services.