12-year-old boy rescued from rubble 260 hours after quakes hit Türkiye

Osman Halebiye pulled from collapsed building in Hatay province

09:51 - 17/02/2023 Friday
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A 12-year-old boy was rescued from the rubble in Türkiye’s Hatay province Thursday night, 260 hours or 10 days after two major earthquakes struck southern provinces in the country.

In yet another miraculous rescue, search and rescue teams found Osman Halebiye alive under the rubble in Ekinci district.

He was then taken to a hospital.

At least 38,044 people were killed by the two strong earthquakes that jolted southern Türkiye on Feb. 6, the country's disaster agency said early Friday.

The magnitude 7.7 and 7.6 quakes were centered in Kahramanmaras and struck 10 other provinces – Adana, Adiyaman, Diyarbakir, Hatay, Gaziantep, Malatya, Kilis, Osmaniye, Elazig and Sanliurfa. More than 13 million people have been affected by the devastating quakes.

Several countries in the region, including Syria and Lebanon, also felt the strong tremors that struck Türkiye in the space of less than 10 hours.

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