Earthquake Death Toll among Palestinian Refugees Hits 89

Earthquake Death Toll among Palestinian Refugees Hits 89

Search and rescue efforts continue on collapsed buildings in Kahramanmaras, southern Turkey. (Photo: Getty Images)

So far at least 89 Palestinian refugees have been confirmed dead as a result of the devastating earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria, after a family of five were found dead under the rubble in the Turkish city of Antakya.

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry said it expects the number of casualties to increase as more bodies are being found under the rubble in the affected areas in Turkey and Syria.

 38 Palestinian victims were confirmed in Turkey and 51 in Syria.

The death toll from the devastating earthquake that hit Syria and Turkey last Monday has risen to more than 28,000, including at least 22,000 people killed in Turkey, and more than 3,600 people killed in Syria, as the search for survivors and bodies continues in extremely cold conditions.

At the same time, the Palestinian Rapid Response and Rescue team, which arrived in Syria and Turkey on Friday to help in the rescue effort and includes members from the civil defense and paramedics from the Palestine Red Crescent Society, continues its work alongside local and international relief teams.

The team's mission will last for nine days, with relief efforts focused on various areas in southeastern Turkey and northwest Syria.

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