The devastating earthquake.. Turkey opens military bases and summons battalions

In the midst of one of the worst disasters in its history, Turkey is trying to come to terms with what happened.

Turkish Defense Minister Khlos Akar announced that his forces had summoned 4 battalions from Northern Cyprus to participate in the rescue operations.

He added that military bases were opened in the earthquake-stricken areas to shelter civilians.

Road damage

Meanwhile, the Turkish authorities have started to partially restore some roads to facilitate the transfer of aid to the affected people, especially as the roads leading to the affected areas have been severely damaged.

This comes while the official toll not final of the victims of the earthquake in the eastern Mediterranean in Turkey reached 5894, and 31,777 wounded.

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One of the worst in history

The first earthquake, measuring 7.8, occurred on Monday at 4:17 (01:17 GMT) and was felt by residents in Lebanon, Cyprus and northern Iraq.

This quake was followed by at least 185 aftershocks, one measuring 7.5 at noon on Monday and another measuring 5.5 at dawn on Tuesday.

While this was considered the worst earthquake to hit Turkey since the one that occurred on August 17, 1999, which caused the death of 17,000 people, including a thousand in Istanbul.

The White Helmets said the death toll was likely to rise, as there were “hundreds of families under the rubble”.

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