Lebanese among dead in Turkey quake

Published February 8th, 2023 - 07:11 GMT
Earthquake victims
A Syrian man carries the body of a child on February 7, 2023, in the town of Jandairis, in the rebel-held part of Aleppo province, as search and rescue operations continue following a deadly earthquake. The death toll from the massive earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria rose above 8,300 , official data showed, with rescue workers still searching for trapped survivors. (Photo by Bakr ALKASEM / AFP)

ALBAWABA - Lebanese novelist and activist Dalal Zeineddine and her three sons and grandson were killed in Hatay’s Antakya as a result of the powerful earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria.

Zeineddine was married to a Syrian. The couple moved to Turkey in the wake of the Syrian revolt, Naharnet pointed out. 

No figures were immediately available on the number of foreign nationals who were present in the area at the time of the tremor.

On Tuesday, a Palestinian official said at least 50 countrymen were killed in the earthquake in Turkey.

On Wednesday, the Lebanese Embassy in Turkey said there are at least five Lebanese who remain trapped under the rubble. Lebanese Ambassador to Turkey Ghassan Mouallem said he and his team are coordinating on the matter with the Turkish authorities.

The social media was rife with tweets on the missing Lebanese, with some saying seven were killed in the deadly quake that hit the southern part of the country and its aftershocks, which experts predict will continue.  

As of Tuesday, Mouallem explained in an interview with "Voice of All Lebanon" that  rescue teams have not reached the area where the missing Lebanese are believed to be trapped due to a large area of destruction which cut off roads and hampered relief efforts, according to Akhbar Al Youm

Meanwhile, three Lebanese were reported killed in Syria, where the same quake struck the northern part of the country near the Turkish border.

The Lebanese Embassy in Damascus said another Lebanese family was rescued in the Aleppo.

The embassy said Lebanese basketball coach Ghassan Sarkis, who was in an area affected by the quake, escaped unharmed.

"There were moments of terror when the earthquake happened," Sarkis said.

"Huge aid is arriving in Turkey, while no one is remembering Syria. This is saddening," he added, referring to the western sanctions that hampered the flow of humanitarian relief into Syria.

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