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At least nine dead in Turkey after 5.7 magnitude earthquake strikes western Iran

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At least nine dead in Turkey after 5.7 magnitude earthquake strikes western Iran
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At least nine people died in Turkey on Sunday after an earthquake struck western Iran, Turkish officials confirmed.

Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Twitter that nine Turkish nationals had perished and that a further 37 had been injured.

He added that nine of the wounded are in "critical" but not a life-threatening condition at the Baskale State Hospital

Earlier in the morning, Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu announced that at least four adults and three children had died in Van, a city located near the country's border with Iran.

The 5.7 magnitude earthquake struck on Sunday morning and an estimated 8.2 million inhabitants were in the impacted area, according to the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre.

Some Turkish citizens were trapped under damaged buildings, officials said.

Iran's national state-run media said that at least 75 people had been injured, six of whom were hospitalised.