Turkish rescue workers carry a man to an ambulance after they pulled him out from a collapsed building.
Turkish rescue workers carry a man to an ambulance after they pulled him out from a collapsed building.   -  Copyright  AP Photo

In pictures: Two weeks of despair, destruction and hope after the Turkey-Syria earthquake

By Euronews

It has been two weeks since the devastating earthquake hit Syria and Turkey. And since then, stories and images from the ground have sparked international solidarity and support. These are some of those images.

Search and rescue efforts are starting to wind down in Turkey and Syria, two weeks after the devastating 7.8 earthquake that killed more than 44,700 people.

On Saturday morning, rescue workers in Hatay, Turkey pulled three members of one family - including a 12-year-old who later died – from the rubble, making them the last people dug out alive. 

According to the United Nations, the full scope of the devastation, including the number of dead, caused by the earthquake will take more time to assess in neighbouring Syria.

Since the natural disaster, pictures of destruction, despair and hope have travelled across the globe, sparking solidarity with the earthquake's victims. 

These are some of those images

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Mehmet Nasir Duran sitting on a chair, as heavy machines remove debris from a building, where five of his family members are trapped in Nurdagi, southeastern Turkey.AP Photo

Some 105,794 buildings in Tukey were destroyed or will need to be demolished after the earthquake and its 6,040 aftershocks, according to the country’s Environment and Urbanization Ministry.

In Antakya, one of the worst-hit parts of the country, at least 80% of its buildings are set to be demolished. 

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A woman standing in front of a destroyed building in Hatay, Turkey.Anadolu Images
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A man walking near a building that leans on a neighbouring house in Golbasi, Turkey,AP Photo
Smoke from a fire in Iskenderun Port after the earthquake in Turkey.Anadolu

In Syria, the hardest hit area was its rebel-controlled northwest region, making it hard for the international community to get aid to people in desperate need of help. 

An aerial view of residents searching for victims and survivors amidst the rubble of collapsed buildings in the village of Besnia, Syria.AFP
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Collapsed buildings are seen through the window of a damaged house following a devastating earthquake in the town of Jinderis, Aleppo province, Syria.AP Photo

In some parts of earthquake-hit Turkey, rescue workers only arrived at the scene days after the initial disaster – leading some people to use their bare hands to try to dig their loved ones out of the rubble.

And some international volunteers who rushed to Turkey after the earthquake reported that they were forced to wait for authorisation to start working or that equipment was slow to arrive.

Mesut Hancer holds the hand of his 15-year-old daughter Irmak, who died in the earthquake in Kahramanmaras.AFP
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People at the cemetery as they bury their loved ones in Adiyaman, Turkey.AP Photo
Survivors lay the belongings of their loved ones on their graves in Kahramanmaras, Turkey.Anadolu
A woman crying in Kahramanmaras, Turkey.Anadolu

In Syria, two new border crossings were opened to help aid reach rebel-controlled areas a week after the earthquake – a delay that the UN has called “deadly”.

But some critics argued that the UN should have used additional crossings to get aid into rebel-controlled areas without waiting for Damascus’ approval or found an alternative way to get aid to the area.

Human Rights Watch added that millions of people in Syria were forced to go without search-and-rescue teams or aid after the natural disaster. 

A funeral for some of the victims of the earthquake in Afrin, Syria.Anadolu
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People react as they sit on the wreckage of collapsed buildings, in Aleppo, Syria.AP Photo
A Syrian man carrying the body of a child on February 7, 2023, in the town of Jindayris.AFP
A Syrian woman crying next to bodies lying on the back of a truck in the town of Jindayris.AFP

But amidst the destruction, there were also brief glimpses of hope, such as when a baby girl was born under the rubble. 

Or the story of a two-month-old baby, a two-year-old girl and a pregnant woman all rescued five days after the earthquake.  

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A baby girl who was born under the rubble receiving treatment inside an incubator at a children's hospital in the town of Afrin, Aleppo province.AP Photo
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A woman was rescued after spending 177 hours under rubble.Anadolu Agency
Residents retrieve an injured man from the rubble of a collapsed building following an earthquake in the town of Jindayris, Syria.AFP
In Hatay, Turkey volunteers entertain children with costumes of clowns and cartoon characters.Anadolu
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Rescue workers pull a cat from the wreckage in Hatay, Turkey.AP Photo

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