The Syrian Interim Government has declared a state of general mourning in the liberated areas and has suspended schools and universities until next Saturday in response to the devastating earthquake. The government has stated that it will devote all its efforts to rescue and shelter operations for those affected by the tragedy and will continue its efforts to save those who can still be rescued from the rubble.
In a tweet, the head of the Syrian Interim Government, Abdurrahman Mustafa, described the situation in the liberated north of Syria as a humanitarian catastrophe that exceeds the capabilities and resources of all the institutions operating on the ground. He called for a concerted effort between all official and popular parties and emphasized the need for immediate international action in the affected regions.
According to the Syrian Civil Defense, the death toll from the earthquake in northwestern Syria has risen to over 790 as of Tuesday morning, with more than 2,200 injured. The toll is expected to rise significantly as there are still hundreds of families believed to be trapped under the rubble.
The number of completely destroyed buildings has reached over 210, while more than 520 buildings have been partially destroyed. Thousands of buildings and homes have also sustained cracks due to the earthquake.
(Source: SOC’s Media Department)