Earthquakes in Turkey and Syria: death of a surviving family in a fire

The parents and their five Syrian children perished in the flames. A stove that heats the little house is the source of the fire.

By Le Figaro with AFP

Published 2/17/2023 at 10:24 AM, updated 2/17/2023 at 10:35 AM

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Rescue workers in rubble near a fire lit in the cold, in Jindires, Syria, February 8, 2023. RAMI AL SAYED / AFP

Turkish media reported that a family of seven Syrians, including five children, survivors of the earthquake in southern Turkey, died in the fire at the house they had taken refuge in in the center of the country on Friday, February 17.

According to the DHA news agency, the family had fled the hard-hit Nurdagi district in Gaziantep province (southeast) and was staying with relatives on the outskirts of Konya.

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The parents and their five children

The fire, which broke out around three in the morning, is due to the stove that heats the small mud house where the family slept. Footage released by the DHA showed the home largely destroyed by flames amid snow-covered terrain. The seven dead are a couple and their five children aged 13, 8, 6 and 4, state-run Anadolu Agency reported. Five other people from the same family were injured in the fire.

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Turkey is home to 3.7 million Syrian refugees who have fled the war that has ravaged their country since 2011, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The death toll from the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria on February 6 has surpassed 41,000, according to the latest official reports.

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