MOSCOW, February 7. /TASS/. More than 50 Russian rescuers who have arrived in Syria to help eliminate the aftermath of the earthquake have headed to the area of search operations, the Russian Emergencies Ministry's press service told TASS on Tuesday.
"The rescuers of the Russian Emergencies Ministry, who arrived today in the Syrian Arab Republic to help eliminate the consequences of the earthquake, immediately went to the area of search and rescue work. More than 50 rescuers, including three canine teams, will search and rescue victims from under the rubble," the press service said.
A Russian Emergencies Ministry IL-76 aircraft with rescuers, cynologists and special equipment needed to search and rescue people from under the rubble arrived in Syria on Tuesday.
A 7.7-magnitude hit the Kahramanmaras province in southeastern Turkey on Monday. The tremors, which were followed by about 300 aftershocks, were felt in ten provinces, as well as in neighboring countries, including Syria. According to the latest data, over 3,500 people were killed in Turkey and more than 20,000 people were injured. According to the Syrian Health Ministry, 812 people became victims of the natural disaster in Syria, with over 1,400 people injured.