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Several dead, hundreds hurt as quake hits eastern Turkey – Al Jazeera English, Al Jazeera English

Several dead, hundreds hurt as quake hits eastern Turkey – Al Jazeera English, Al Jazeera English

A 6.8-magnitude earthquake rocked a sparsely populated part of eastern Turkey on Friday, killing at least people, injuring more than 1999 and leaving some (trapped in the wreckage of toppled buildings, Turkish officials said.

Rescue teams from neighbouring provinces were dispatched to the affected areas, working in the dark with floodlights in the freezing cold, and Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said troops were on standby to help.

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