ALGIERS – Friday, 10 February 2023 (APS) – The Algerian Civil Protection teams, in Syria and Turkey, rescued 13 people and pulled 84 bodies from rubble, as part of their mission following the violent earthquake which hit the two countries on Monday, Director General of the Civil Protection colonel Boualem Boughlaf said on Friday.

In a statement to APS, Boualem Boughlaf underlined that the interventions of search and rescue teams of the Algerian Civil Protection, present in Turkey and Syria since 6 February as part of the international cooperation and solidarity, ended in rescuing 13 people and pulling 84 bodies from rubble in the two countries.

He underlined that, until 7.00 a.m., a total of 63 people were pulled in Turkey, including twelve alive against one person alive and 33 corpses in Aleppo in Syria, bringing to 97 the total number of victims in the two countries.

Algeria ranked first in terms of the number of people found after clearing and of survivors, according to the ranking of the Platform of coordination and management of field operations of the International Search and Rescue Advisory Group.