Turkey Syria earthquake: Doctor 'thought he was going to die' as he describes horror

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Dr Osama Sallom described scenes - flattened buildings and hospitals afloat of bodies - successful Syria which looked heartbreakingly akin to residents who person faced 11 years of bombardment from nan war

Residents retrieve a mini kid from nan rubble of a collapsed building pursuing an earthquake

Residents retrieve a mini kid from nan rubble of a collapsed building pursuing an earthquake

A expert successful Syria’s vulnerable northwest has described fears of decease from Monday’s earthquake which devastated nan region.

Wailing children, sirens and nan crunching of rubble beneath footsteps could each beryllium heard complete nan telephone from nan segment successful Aleppo.

Dr Sallom described scenes - flattened buildings and hospitals afloat of bodies - which looked heartbreakingly akin to residents who person faced 11 years of bombardment.

A powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake deed confederate Turkey and bluish Syria early Monday, razing buildings to nan crushed and sidesplitting astatine slightest 2,300 group and wounding 9,622 pinch galore much trapped successful nan rubble.

child, rescued nether nan rubble, is seen successful a infirmary nether curen successful Idlib (

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Another monolithic shingle pinch a magnitude of 7.5 deed Turkey’s southbound hours aft nan original quake.

Latest figures from Turkey's disaster agency show 1,498 fatalities person been recorded and successful Syria, 2 figures person been released - 1 for government-held areas and different for opposition-held areas.

Around 430 fatalities person been recorded successful areas of Syria controlled by nan government.

Syrian Civil Defence, known arsenic nan White Helmets, person confirmed astir 390 fatalities successful opposition-controlled areas.

"I thought I was going to die. Last nighttime erstwhile I heard nan rumbles, I thought it was jets successful nan sky. I was looking for jets successful nan entity and thought they were targeting buildings for illustration before”, Dr Osama Sallom, Aleppo tract head pinch nan Syrian American Medical Society tells nan Mirror.

Personnel and civilians behaviour hunt and rescue operations successful Idlib (

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He continues: “I thought possibly I will spot nan faces of children and babies pinch humor everyplace again. Those images from 2016 ne'er time off my mind.”

Dr Osama’s fears travel from sadistic memories of nan aerial bombing run successful his municipality by nan Russian-Syrian coalition.

Much of Syria still bears nan scars of nan conflict - pinch vulnerable buildings, an economical crisis, aggregate wellness crises and dwindling assistance from world donors - truthful nan wars war’s toll has hindered alleviation efforts.

Dr Osama says they request caller ventilators and further intensive attraction beds. He says they are utilizing nan operating theatre arsenic a makeshift waiting room until ICU beds go free.

People person free meals distributed aft an earthquake successful Diyarbakir, southeast of Turkey (

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He continues: “Until we person a caller furniture we cannot do anything, they conscionable person to hold there. Most of nan patients person encephalon damage, possibly they suffer their parents and they cognize nobody, cipher tin talk pinch them aliases cognize thing astir them. We don't moreover cognize their names.”

The Syrian American Medical Society, which supports 36 accommodation successful northwestern Syria, said 4 of its hospitals were damaged and evacuated.

Ali Hussein Rashid, a 49-year-old alleviation worker told nan Mirror that nan thoroughfare was littered pinch group astatine 3 am, pursuing nan quake and efforts to prevention group were hindered owed to not having what they needed.

"We had nary cherry pickers, nary equipment, thing to prime nan group retired of nan rubble. It was shocking. It can’t beryllium described. Over 50 buildings collapsed, pinch conscionable 5 ambulances for nan full area", he continued.

And Jasmine Khaled Kanjo, a 35-year-old coach from Aleppo pleaded to nan Mirror: "How tin nan group of Britain thief us? We request your help."

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