"Escaped Death In Syria, Hit By Quake In Turkey": Refugees Live In Fear

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Ridwan Gurre had the instincts to fell from roaring warplanes erstwhile helium lived successful Syria during its civilian war. But small prepared him for the rumble of the 7.8-magnitude quake that devastated his adopted location successful Turkey connected Monday.

The 42-year aged joined astir 4 cardinal Syrians erstwhile helium moved his household for the comparative information of southeastern Turkey -- a portion that has suffered its ain stock of unit betwixt militants and authorities forces.

He spent 7 years gathering a caller location successful the multi-ethnic metropolis of Diyarbakir. His beingness was getting backmost connected track.

Now it is gone.

Gurre was forced to walk the past 2 nights with his woman and 2 sons connected the turquoise carpet of the city's past Grand Mosque.

The monolithic worship location was rebuilt from different immense quake astir a millennium agone but survived this 1 unscathed. Gurre felt harmless for the infinitesimal but uncertain astir what happens next.

"When we were successful a war, we knew that erstwhile the planes flew overhead, it was clip to instrumentality shelter," Gurre remarked.

Hundreds of others slept with their heads perched connected their belongings oregon walked astir covered successful blankets arsenic Gurre contemplated his fate.

Women breastfed their newborns portion cheerful children -- blissfully unaware of the calamity unfolding astir them -- played successful engaged corners.

"When the earthquake came astatine specified an unexpected hour, we didn't cognize what would hap next," Gurre said.

Worries For Aleppo

The pre-dawn jolt killed thousands of radical successful their slumber and near untold much trapped nether slabs of factual successful the freezing cold.

Others died successful aftershocks that person been rolling crossed Turkey and parts of neighbouring Syria time and night.

The decease number successful some countries has been rising by the hundreds with each hr and surpassed 11,200 connected Wednesday afternoon.

Aleppo autochthonal Mercan al Ahmad recalled beingness successful Syria wherever she struggled to find food. Now she tin hardly slumber again.

"We escaped decease successful Syria, and present we were struck by an earthquake successful Turkey," said the 17-year-old. "We can't sleep. We are scared. We unrecorded successful fearfulness of different beardown aftershock."

She spends the restless nights and days worrying astir her aboriginal and her relatives backmost successful Aleppo -- 1 of the provinces suffering extended harm successful Syria.

"We person relatives successful Aleppo. There are galore casualties, galore houses collapsed," she said. "We heard immoderate of them beryllium to our relatives."

Ihlas Mohammed said she heard akin quality astir her loved ones successful a colony betwixt Aleppo and Idlib.

"We can't get overmuch quality astir them," she said. "There was a war, we escaped, and present this (quake) happened. We person nothing," she said.

'We are each victims'

The Turkish families taking structure alongside the Syrian ones pointed retired the futility of trying to disturbance up taste and taste divisions successful this restless portion of the world.

Turkey became location to the world's largest exile colonisation aft an statement aimed astatine stemming Europe's migrant situation successful 2015-16.

But anti-migrant sentiments successful Turkey person been rising during a dire economical situation that has wiped retired people's savings and near millions struggling to wage their nutrient and inferior bills.

Politicians of each stripes are promising to commencement sending the Syrians backmost location successful the runup to Turkey's May 14 elections.

Turkish parent Aydegul Bitgin said everyone astatine the mosque was the same.

"We are present with Syrian refugees, we are each victims," the 37-year-old said. "There's thing that we don't need, babe food, bedewed wipes, diapers. We near our location nothing."

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