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Turkey's death toll from earthquake rises to 17

Rescue operations take place on a site after an earthquake struck the Aegean Sea, in the coastal province of Izmir, Turkey, October 30, 2020. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - The death toll in Turkey due to an earthquake that struck on Friday rose to 17, the country’s Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) said.

The number of people injured rose to 709, it said, adding that search and rescue operations continued at 17 collapsed or damaged buildings.

The strong earthquake was felt in both Greece and Turkey. Two people died on the Greek island of Samos, officials there said.

Reporting by Ali Kucukgocmen; Editing by Leslie Adler

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