Quake in northwestern Iran kills nine in neighbouring Turkey Feb 24, 2020 0 979 12345 AFPIstanbulA magnitude 5.7 earthquake in northwestern Iran on Sunday killed at least nine people in neighbouring Turkey and injured dozens more on both sides of the border, authorities said.The epicentre of the quake, which struck at 9:23 am (0553 GMT), was near the Iranian village of Habash-e Olya, less than 10 kilometres (six miles) from the border, according to the US Geological Survey.The earthquake had a depth of six kilometres, said Tehran University’s Seismological Centre.In Turkey, it was felt mostly in the eastern district of Baskale in Van province on the Iran border.Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said nine people were killed, speaking to reporters from the quake scene in Van. Four of the dead were children. “We have right now no citizens trapped under the rubble,” he said.Images showed collapsed adobe houses in several snow-covered villages in Van province. In Gurpinar village, search and rescue teams were seen on top of the rubble pile, watched by anxious locals.Van, which was hit by a 7.1 magnitude quake in 2011 killing more than 500 people, was struck by tragedy again this month when two avalanches left 41 people dead.Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said 37 people were injured and nine of them were in critical condition. He said that 25 ambulances, one rescue helicopter and teams of medics were rushed to the quake region.Turkish officials said some schools were also damaged in several villages.The impact of the quake in Iran was less severe, according to latest reports.It injured at least 51 people in Iran’s West Azerbaijan province, 17 of whom had been hospitalised, the country’s emergency services said.The same source also said there was damage to buildings in 43 villages. RELATED ARTICLES Conservatives claim victory in Iran polls after record low turnout Feb 24, 2020 0 87 Iran’s neighbours impose travel bans as coronavirus toll rises Feb 24, 2020 0 62 Gazan militants fire barrage of rockets after Israel kills Palestinian Feb 24, 2020 0 71 German President Steinmeier starts trip to Kenya and Sudan Berlin: German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier starts a five-day trip to Africa on Sunday. He plans first to make a state visit to Kenya and then to fly on to Sudan on Thursday. In Kenya, Steinmeier wants to give new .. Three Mali soldiers killed in suspected militant attack Bamako: At least three Mali soldiers were killed and five wounded on Sunday in a suspected jihadist attack on an army camp in the far north of the country, the Malian military said. The outpost in Bambara Maoude, about 100 .. Syria’s Kurds renew appeal for aid to judge captured IS members Qamishli: Syria’s Kurds on Sunday renewed their appeal for international aid to put on trial thousands of captured members of the Islamic State group, including Western nationals. Almost a year since the March 2019 fall ..