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Earthquake Hits Turkey & Syria, more than 1,700 dead.

TURKEY-SYRIA EARTHQUAKE : Three big earthquakes – of 7.8, 7.6 and 6.0 magnitude – hit Turkey today killing more than 1700 people .The deaths and destruction are in Turkey and neighbouring Syria. The last two earthquakes hit hours after the first killer temblor of 7.8 magnitude. The epicentre of the first quake was in Gaziantep, about 90 kilometres from the Syrian border. This is the region which houses millions of refugees from the Syrian civil war. The quake was felt as far away as Cairo. The quake, felt as far away as Cairo, was centred north of the city of Gaziantep about 90 kilometres (60 miles) from the Syrian border. Along with several cities, the area is home to home to millions of Syrian refugees who fled their country’s long-running civil war. Turkey, which borders Syria to the north, hosts the largest number of Syrian refugees in the world. On the Syrian side of the border, the quake smashed opposition-held regions that are packed with several million displaced Syrians with a