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Turkish president attends funeral of quake victims

Erdogan vows to provide shelter to those who lost their homes, rebuild infrastructure

Burak Dag   | 25.01.2020
Turkish president attends funeral of quake victims President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan attends a funeral held for a mother and her son died in the earthquake, in Elazig province of Turkey on January 25, 2020. ( TURKISH PRESIDENCY / MURAT CETINMUHURDAR / HANDOUT - Anadolu Agency )

ANKARA

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday attended the funeral of two quake victims in Turkey's eastern province of Elazig.

At least 22 people died and more than 1,200 were wounded in the 6.8-magnitude earthquake on Friday night. Tremors were also felt in neighboring countries including Syria and Georgia.

"We have borne many earthquakes but the nation has risen above them patiently," said Erdogan at the ceremony.

He promised that the state will work swiftly to rescue people and restore infrastructure.

"We will not leave anyone without shelter in the quake-hit districts," he said, requesting people to exercise strength in their weakest hour.

The president also visited the disaster-hit areas, including the Sursuru district, where rescue efforts are ongoing.

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