The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Over 3,135 fata*lities in nearly 60 hours | Rescue teams recover more bodies from under rubble of houses collapsed by earthquake

Hospitals throughout Syria have run full capacity and rescue teams are exerting utmost efforts since Monday dawn, attempting to save and rescue the largest possible number of the earthquake victims. Also, residents in different areas in north Syria region have participated in the rescue efforts to recover people locked down under rubble, especially since no diggers, machineries or rescue teams have been sent to these areas.


SOHR activists have reported that the number of Syrians killed due to the violent earthquake has increased to 3,135 people, as well as the injury of 3,000 others. The fatalities are distributed as follows:


  • 1,435 people in regime-controlled areas, mostly in Latakia and Aleppo.


  • 1,700 people in areas controlled by the “Salvation Government” and the “Syrian Interim Government,” including nearly 680 fatalities in Jendires and 150 others in Al-Atareb city in Aleppo countryside.


The violent earthquake also caused total and partial damage to buildings in nearly 100 villages, towns and cities in the middle, north-west and west of Syria.


It is worth noting that ongoing increase in the number of fatalities is attributed to the inability of medical and rescue teams to save injured people and survivors stranded under rubble and inability of rescue teams to reach many areas affected by the earthquake in light of the poor capabilities.


The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights appeals to international authorities to interfere immediately to save injured people and survivors in light of the poor capabilities of Syrian rescue teams.


SOHR also calls upon Turkish authorities to receive injured Syrian people in hospitals in Turkey and send Turkish medical teams to the disaster-stricken areas.