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Turkey faces another earthquake

AFAD says six people were killed and 294 were wounded.

Photo by İHH İnsani Yardım on Flickr / CC BY 2.0

An earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale struck southern Turkey near the Syrian border late on Monday.

According to Turkey’s disaster agency AFAD, the death toll is six, and 294 have been reported wounded.

Monday’s earthquake hit the city of Defne in Hatay Province at 8:04 pm local time (12:04 EST).

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Chairman of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Devlet Bahçeli visited the earthquake-affected areas in Hatay. The following day, they met with the teams involved in search and rescue efforts.

“We will restore all of our cities with their residences, workplaces, industry, agriculture, historical and cultural values ​​without causing the slightest regression or neglect,” said President Erdogan in a statement made at the Hatay AFAD Coordination Center.