News Summary: A 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit Kahramanmaras province in Turkey, causing widespread damage and death toll expected to rise. Various countries have offered aid, but the Syrian civil war has complicated the delivery of aid to affected areas.
A 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Turkey and Syria has caused over 4,300 deaths and fears of a new humanitarian crisis.
A 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit Kahramanmaras province in Turkey on Monday, causing 2,921 deaths and 15,834 injuries in Turkey and 711 deaths in Syria, with the death toll expected to rise.
The affected area in northwest Syria was already in dire need of humanitarian aid due to a harsh winter and a cholera outbreak.
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Aid from Iraq and Iran has arrived in Syria, with two more planes from Iran and a fuel convoy from Iraq expected to arrive on Tuesday.
Japan has dispatched a disaster relief team to Turkey to conduct search and rescue operations.
Offers of aid from various countries, including the US, UK, and Russia, have come in, but the Syrian civil war has complicated matters with some countries avoiding direct aid to Assad’s government.
The Turkish Red Crescent has sent additional blood, 5 mobile kitchens, 77 catering vehicles, almost 2,000 tents, and more than 25,000 blankets to the earthquake zone.
Israel, China, and Ukraine have also offered to provide aid to both Turkey and Syria.
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