1.564 bodies of Syrians died in Turkey earthquakes arrive home

IDLIB, Syria (North Press) – Over than 1.500 bodies of Syrians, who died in the devastating Feb 6 earthquakes in Turkey, have arrived in Syria through the Bab al-Hawa border crossing with Turkey during the last two weeks.

Sources told North Press that the number of received bodies of Syrians, who lost their lives in Turkey due to the earthquake, has reached 1.564, and they were transferred to their homeland in groups of 200 bodies for each on a daily basis.

Turkish authorities hand the bodies to the administration of the Bab al-Hawa border crossing on the Syrian part in order to be handed over to their families later on, according to the sources.

Other informed sources pointed out that the bodies of Syrians that have arrived in Syria are only ten per cent of the real number of Syrians who lost their lives in Turkey in the earthquake.

The real number has exceeded 4.000 ones; however, most of them were buried in Turkey, according to the sources.

At dawn on Feb. 6, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit northwest Syria and southern Turkey, killing tens of thousands and injuring many more. The earthquake also caused immense destruction of buildings, trapping thousands under the rubble.

Reporting by Mo’ayed al-Sheikh