A man gestures inside a damaged building following an earthquake in Sarpol-e Zahab county in Kermanshah, Iran November 13, 2017. REUTERS/Tasnim News Agency ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. A man gestures inside a damaged building following an earthquake in Sarpol-e Zahab county in Kermanshah, Iran November 13, 2017. REUTERS/Tasnim News Agency ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.

Egypt offers condolences over Iraq-Iran earthquake victims

Mon, Nov. 13, 2017
CAIRO – 13 November 2017: Egypt on Monday offered its deepest condolences over the victims of a deadly tremor that hit the border between Iraq and Iran, with a death toll that is reportedly above 200.

A statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed Egypt’s sincere condolences to the families of the victims, ensuring that Egypt stands by the Iraqi and Iranian people in such disaster.

Egyptian Ambassador to Iraq, Alaa Moussa, assured he has not received any reports on Egyptian victims among those dead or injured by the earthquake.

More than 200 people have died and thousands were injured after a powerful earthquake measuring on Richter’s scale 7.3 hit the border between Iraq and Iran late Sunday.

Sarpol-e Zahab town is reportedly the area most affected by the earthquake, having the highest number of casualties, according to media reports.

Officials in both Iraq and Iran offered condolences to their people and announced sending aid agencies to the affected areas.
 
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