UK ready to provide assistance to Turkey and Syria after earthquake

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Foreign Secretary James Cleverly has said the UK “stands ready to provide assistance” to Turkey and Syria after the countries were struck by a massive earthquake which has killed hundreds. The 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck in this early hours this morning (Feb 06).

“Tragic loss of life in the Türkiye and Syria earthquake,” wrote Mr Cleverly on Twitter at 7.35am. 

“Our condolences go to the families of those who died and our thoughts are with the survivors.

“The UK stands ready to provide assistance.”

The catastrophe was centred on Southern Turkey and Syria but also felt in closeby countries Lebanon, Gaza and Cyprus.

According to Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management authority, the countries were hit by more than 40 aftershocks.

“We hope that we will get through this disaster together as soon as possible and with the least damage,” said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogen.

In Syria, the quake was felt in the country’s West coast from Latakia to Damascus, the capital of Syria, as well as other major population centres arond the country.

Earlier today, Syrian state media reported the collapse of a large nuber of buildings in the province of Aleppo.

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