Death toll from Syria-Turkey quake passes 17,000
February 9, 2023 - More than 17,000 people are now known to have died in Turkey and Syria, as hopes fade of many more people being found alive and frustration grows over the slow delivery of aid.
The death toll in Turkey has risen to 14,014, the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has said, with more than 63,000 people injured.
A total of at least 3,162 are confirmed dead in Syria, with government-held areas reporting 1,262 people dead and 1,900 killed in the rebel-controlled northwest, meaning the combined tally in both countries now stands at 17, 176.
News that the first UN aid convoy has crossed the border from Turkey into northwest Syria is promising, but far more will be needed in a region that was in dire humanitarian need before Monday’s earthquake struck.
The UN has has described the Bab al-Hawa border crossing as a lifeline for accessing the rebel-held area of Syria, where an estimated 4 million people, many fleeing the country’s 11-year civil war, were already relying on aid to survive.