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Greek top diplomat condoles with Turkey over quake

Eastern Elazig province of Turkey was jolted by 6.5-magnitude earthquake, at least 4 killed

Zuhal Demirci   | 24.01.2020
Greek top diplomat condoles with Turkey over quake Foreign Minister of Greece Nikos Dendias


Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias Friday called his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu and wished quick recovery over powerful quake that hit eastern Elazig province.  

According to diplomatic sources, Dendias said Greece was ready to extend a helping hand if need be. 

A 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck Elazig province late Friday and tremors were felt across neighboring provinces.

Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu announced the quake claimed at least four lives, according to initial reports. 

This is not the first quake Turkey has observed in 2020 as a 5.4-magnitude quake jolted western province of Manisa on Wednesday, whereas the capital Ankara was rattled by a 4.5-magnitude quake on Thursday. 

In 2010, Elazig province was hit by a 6-magnitude earthquake, killing a total of 51 people.   

* Writing by Ali Murat Alhas from Ankara.

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