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Turkey and Syria earthquakes: death toll rises to over 8,000

The death toll from Monday’s powerful earthquakes in parts of Turkey and Syria has risen to 8,364, according to figures from authorities and rescue workers.

In Turkey, the death toll has risen to at least 5,894 and 34,810 injured, the Anadolu news agency reported Wednesday, referring to Turkish Vice-President Fuat Oktay.

In Syria, at least 1,250 deaths and 2,050 injuries have been recorded, the Syrian Ministry of Health has confirmed.

A powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck southeastern Turkey and the northern provinces of Syria on Monday morning. The earthquake was followed by strong aftershocks.

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