Health Minister: Death toll from devastating earthquake has risen to 1,262

Damascus, SANA- The number of earthquake victims has risen to 1,262 deaths and 2,285 injuries, in an indefinite toll, Health Minister, Dr. Hasan al-Ghobash has announced.

Dr. Al-Ghobash affirmed in a statement to SANA reporter that the emergency and medical teams have been working to their fullest capacity, for more than 55 hours, to reach all the victims and pull them out from under the rubble, and transfer the injured to hospitals to provide treatment as quickly as possible.

He added that even today rescue teams can pull out the people who are alive from under the rubble.

Dr. al-Ghobash indicated that around the clock, trucks loaded with medicines and surgical and emergency supplies are being sent to Aleppo, Lattakia and Hama, in addition to sending medical convoys from various provinces.

He added that coordination is taking place with all the authorities concerned, including the health unions, which have placed themselves from the first moments at the disposal of the Ministry of Health, in addition to the continuous alert of health cadres in all provinces.

Bushra / Nisreen /Ruaa al-Jazaeri

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