The earthquake in Turkey and Syria destroyed at least two UNESCO monuments

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As a result of a powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 7,7, which occurred in the southeast of Turkey and reached Syria, at least two monuments included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites were destroyed. 

Yes, the historical one was destroyed Gaziantep fortress. The appearance of the building dates back to the period of the Hittite Empire, and already in the 2000nd and XNUMXrd centuries AD it was reconstructed by the Romans. The last restoration of the building was carried out in the early XNUMXs.

The Gaziantep fortress was destroyed by an earthquake. Photo: DHA Photo

In addition, in Syria, an earthquake damaged one of the oldest and largest palaces in the world — Citadel of Aleppo. The palace was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1986.

Citadel of Aleppo before the destruction caused by the earthquake. Photo:

According to the latest figures, at least 1388 people have died in Turkey and Syria after a strong earthquake.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a televised address that at least 912 people were killed and 5385 people were injured in Turkey.

According to the Syrian state news agency, at least 476 people were killed in Syria, mostly in the regions of Aleppo, Hama, Latakia and Tartus. At least 1042 wounded are also reported.

The catastrophic consequences led to the destruction of buildings and the destruction of cars. By danimi The Spectator Index, at least 1700 houses were destroyed in ten Turkish cities. One of the buildings collapsed just on live television.

After the morning disaster, another series of earthquakes with a magnitude of 5,7 to 7,6 occurred in the central part of the country in the afternoon. At the time of publication of the news, no information about the victims was reported. However, the tremors were felt by residents of Syria, Lebanon, Georgia, Israel and Iraq.

As noted by the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine is ready to send its rescuers to Turkey to help victims after a strong earthquake.



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