North Macedonia declares day of national mourning over earthquakes in Türkiye, Syria
"We have declared tomorrow (Monday) a day of mourning in memory of those who lost their lives in the devastating earthquakes that hit the border region of Türkiye and Syria. The thoughts and prayers of the citizens of North Macedonia are with the relatives and families of those who lost their lives,'' said Prime Minister Dimitar Kovacevski.
"On behalf of all the citizens of the Republic of North Macedonia, I express my condolences to all those who lost their loved ones. As a state and as a people, we will continue to help, we will be in solidarity and we will be a support for the suffering citizens, for those who lost everything,'' said Kovacevski.
Flags will be lowered at half-staff across the country and at the diplomatic representations of North Macedonia abroad.
The magnitude 7.7 and 7.6 earthquakes, affected more than 13 million people across 10 provinces, including Adana, Adiyaman, Diyarbakir, Gaziantep, Hatay, Kahramanmaras, Kilis, Malatya, Osmaniye and Sanliurfa.
Several countries in the region, including Syria and Lebanon, also felt the strong tremors.
In Syria, at least 3,574 people were killed and thousands of others injured in the northern provinces of Idlib, Latakia, Aleppo, Hama and Raqqa, according to government sources and rescue officials in opposition-held areas.