Turkey earthquake

The Syrian who dug his fiancee out of the rubble

"How are you leaving me behind? You were the only reason that I stayed alive... How can I breathe now?"

Her daughter is inside. Next to her are the bodies of five other members of their family.

It's another cold bright afternoon at the Bab al-Hawa border crossing between southern Turkey and opposition-held north-western Syria.

Syrian refugee families who have lost loved ones in the earthquake that struck southern Turkey last week are gathered there to help repatriate their bodies.

Around us the heavy smell of death hangs in the air.

Footballer Christian Atsu found dead after Turkey earthquake

The Ghana international, 31, had spells with Premier League sides Everton, Chelsea and Newcastle.

BBC reports Atsu had been missing since the 6 February quake that caused the collapse of his apartment in Antakya, Hatay.

"There are no words to describe our sadness," tweeted his Turkish top-flight club Hatayspor.

"We will not forget you, Atsu. Peace be upon you, beautiful person."

Young girl rescued after 178 hours under rubble

Miray had been trapped in the ruins for 178 hours - seven-and-a-half days.

Video showed workers cheering and shouting "God is great" as she was lifted out of the darkness.

Several others were saved on Monday, including a 13-year-old boy trapped for 182 hours. But rescues are becoming rarer as the death toll passes 35,000.

This is partly due to limits on how long the human body can survive without water.

Other factors include how much space the trapped person has to breathe and how bad their injuries are, an emergency medicine specialist told the BBC.

At least 20,000 killed after Monday's earthquakes

Turkey's disaster and emergency management authority says the death toll in the country is now 17,134.

In Syria, at least 3,162 people are known to have died.


At least 3,000 believed dead in Turkey and Syria

Some 2,316 people have now died in Turkey, according to the country's disaster agency.

In neighbouring Syria, at least 1,293 people have died, according to the government and rescue groups cited by the AFP news agency.

It reports that in government-controlled areas, Syria's health ministry says 593 people have now died. In rebel-held parts of the country's north-west, at least 700 people were killed, according to the White Helmets rescue group, as quoted by AFP.


At least 18 dead as buildings collapse in earthquake in Turkey

The 6.8 magnitude quake, centred on the town of Sivrice in Elazig province, caused buildings to collapse and sent residents rushing into the street.

Tremors were also felt in neighbouring Syria, Lebanon and Iran.

Earthquakes are common in Turkey - about 17,000 people died in a massive quake in the western city of Izmit in 1999.

Friday's quake struck at about 20:55 local time (17:55 GMT).

According to Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD), there were 60 aftershocks recorded after the earthquake.