The death toll from Friday’s powerful earthquake in eastern Turkey rose to 31, Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) announced on Sunday. To date, 1,547 people have been reported injured, but rescue workers continue recovering victims who were buried under the rubble, according to the disaster relief agency. A total of 45 people have been rescued including a woman, 17 hours after her house collapsed.
According to Tazpit, tremors from the Turkish quake were felt in central Israel, frightening some Israelis, but causing no casualties or damage. Israelis who felt the tremors ran to their fortified safe rooms, normally used for shelter from rocket attacks.
Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Lior Haiat said on Saturday that “Israel extends its condolences to the people of Turkey following the earthquake in Elazig and hopes for a quick recovery to the wounded people.”
Magen David Adom CEO Eli Bin sent a letter to the Turkish Red Crescent offering the Israeli’s emergency service’s aid and proposed to assist in humanitarian activities for the population affected by the quake.