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Egyptian Rescue Squad is First to Respond to Syria Earthquake Crisis

An Egyptian rescue squad is the first foreign team to arrive in Syria following two devastating earthquakes.

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An Egyptian rescue squad made up of 17 people , including doctors, health service providers and specialists, has arrived in the northern and western regions of Syria to help save victims of the devastating earthquakes that struck earlier this week. It is the first team to arrive from outside of Syria in response to the ongoing crisis caused by the earthquakes.

Over 11,000 people have been reported dead since two earthquakes - a 7.8 magnitude earthquake followed by a 7.6 magnitude earthquake - hit Turkey and Syria on Monday, with tens of thousands still injured.

The rescue effort hopes to search for survivors under the rubble of buildings that have been toppled by the earthquakes and their aftershocks, despite scarce resources and harsh winter conditions.