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In Turkey, where two more earthquakes struck and at least three people were killed, rescuers are once more looking for people who may be buried beneath the rubble.

Massive earthquakes that devastated both countries on February 6 were followed by tremors of magnitudes 6.4 and 5.8 that occurred in the southeast, close to the border with Syria.

In Turkey and Syria, the earlier earthquakes left 44,000 people dead and tens of thousands homeless.

On Monday, tremor-weakened buildings collapsed in both nations.

According to Turkey’s disaster and emergency agency, the 5.8 earthquake struck three minutes after the 6.4 tremor at 20:04 local time (17:04 GMT).

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Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu stated that the three fatalities happened in Antakya, Defne, and Samandag while advising people to stay away from potentially hazardous structures.

213 people had also been hurt, according to Mr. Soylu.

As ambulances and rescue teams worked to get to the worst-affected areas, where the walls of severely damaged buildings had collapsed, reports from the city of Antakya described fear and panic in the streets.

Muna al-Omar, a local, sobbed while holding her seven-year-old son and told Reuters news agency, “I thought the earth was going to split open under my feet. When the recent earthquakes occurred, she was in a tent in a city center park.

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When the most recent earthquakes struck, 18-year-old Ali Mazlum told the AFP news agency that he was searching for the remains of family members from the earlier quakes.

You’re not sure what to do, so we grabbed each other and the walls began to collapse in front of us, he said.

After the quakes on Monday, which were also felt in Egypt and Lebanon, 470 people were taken to hospitals in Syria, according to reports.

Residents of Antakya, southern Turkey, respond to Monday’s 6.4-magnitude earthquake.

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