Rescue workers are searching for survivors of Turkey’s earthquake, and the death toll reaches 27

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Rescue workers in the city of Izmir, western Turkey, searched through the rubble for survivors of a strong earthquake in the Aegean Sea yesterday, while the number of deaths rose to 27.

Officials said the earthquake killed 25 people in coastal areas in western Turkey, while a boy and girl were killed on the Greek island of Samos after a wall collapsed on them.

The authorities said that the quake destroyed at least 20 buildings in Izmir, and that rescue work was underway amid hundreds of aftershocks in the region.

Television footage and video recordings showed tireless work to rescue people from under the rubble. In central Izmir, footage showed attempts to rescue a mother and her four children from under the rubble of a building.

Officials said search and rescue operations were completed in eight buildings while they were continuing at nine sites.

The Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Department said that the number of injured reached at least 804, and that the region witnessed about 470 aftershocks.

The leaders of Turkey and Greece spoke by phone late Friday night. The two leaders are at odds over a bitter dispute over exploration rights in the eastern Mediterranean.

In a rare display of warmth between the two countries, the leaders of Turkey and Greece exchanged messages of solidarity.

“I just called the President (Recep Tayyip Erdogan) to offer my condolences for the tragic loss of life as a result of the earthquake that struck our two countries. Whatever our differences, these are times when our people should stand together,” Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Twitter.

Erdogan responded in a tweet, saying, “I offer my condolences to Greece … in my name and on behalf of the Turkish people. Turkey is also always ready to help Greece recover from its wounds. The two neighbors’ showing solidarity in difficult times is more precious than many things in life.”





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