Oz travels to Turkey, Syria as earthquake death toll surpasses 7,000 mark

by: Georg Stockburger, AP



(WHTM) – Dr. Mehmet Oz, a former US Senate candidate in Pennsylvania, said he traveled to Turkey and Syria after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake reportedly killed more than 7,200 people.

Oz, the former TV doctor who has dual citizenship with Turkey, posted Pictures on social media wearing an orange AFAD vest (Ministry of Disaster and Emergency Management of the Republic of Turkey) working with children.

Oz says he has visited refugee camps on both sides of the Turkish and Syrian borders asking for donations International Federation of the Red Cross to help the earthquake victims

Search teams and relief workers poured into Turkey and Syria on Tuesday as rescuers worked in freezing temperatures, sometimes digging with their bare hands through the remains of buildings destroyed by a powerful earthquake.

7.8 magnitude tremor on Monday and a cascade of powerful aftershocks left a trail of destruction stretching hundreds of kilometers (miles) through southeastern Turkey and neighboring Syria. The tremor collapsed thousands of buildings and brought more misery to a region devastated by them Syria’s 12-year civil war and refugee crisis. A tremor that followed the first was recorded with a magnitude of 7.5, powerful in his own right.

Turkey is home to millions of war refugees. The affected area in Syria is divided between a government-controlled area and the country’s last opposition-held enclave, where millions live in extreme poverty and depend on humanitarian aid to survive.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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