ISTANBUL—Rescuers launched a frantic search for survivors trapped under collapsed buildings across swaths of Turkey and Syria after two powerful earthquakes and their aftershocks shook much of the Middle East, killing more than 5,000 people and destroying thousands of homes.
Civilians clawed through rubble with bare hands to reach loved ones screaming from beneath the debris after a 7.8-magnitude quake on Monday morning was followed by a series of aftershocks and then a separate 7.5-magnitude quake in the afternoon. The quakes were Turkey’s worst seismic event in decades, rocking an area around the city of Gaziantep that is home to millions of Turkish citizens, displaced Syrians and refugees.
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