Magnitude 5.5 quake hits western Turkey

A photo taken from Hidirliktepe in Ankara on May 25, 2020 shows high modern buildings in the city's Cankaya district and the historical Kayabasi neighborhood. (File/AFP)
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Updated 26 June 2020

Magnitude 5.5 quake hits western Turkey

  • The quake came a day after another temblor, measuring 5.4, shook the eastern province of Van, near the border with Iran

ANKARA: An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.5 hit a town in western Turkey on Friday, sending people rushing out of buildings. There were no immediate reports of any casualties or damage.
The earthquake was centered in the town of Saruhanli, in Manisa province, at a depth of 9 kilometers (5.6 miles), the government-run Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency said.
HaberTurk news channel said it was felt in the neighboring provinces of Izmir, Aydin and Mugla.
Mayor Besim Dutlulu told HaberTurk that residents left their homes in panic but there were no reports of casualties.
The quake came a day after another temblor, measuring 5.4, shook the eastern province of Van, near the border with Iran, slightly injuring five people and damaging homes.
Turkey is crossed by two major fault lines and earthquakes are frequent. In 1999, a magnitude-7.4 quake killed more than 17,000 people in northwestern Turkey.


Houthi shelling kills 2 children, injures dozen more in Yemen

Updated 01 December 2020

Houthi shelling kills 2 children, injures dozen more in Yemen

  • The militia bombed a residential area in Al-Mofatish
  • The militia continue to threaten civilian lives with their actions

DUBAI: A Houthi missile attack killed two children and injured 12 more people in north Taiz, state news agency Saba New reported.
The militia bombed a residential area in Al-Mofatish with “heavy weapons,” the report added.
On Monday, the Saudi-led Arab coalition said the Houthis fired a ballistic missile from Amran that landed in the Yemeni capital Sanaa.
The militia continue to threaten civilian lives with their actions, the coalition said.
The Houthi militia has recently intensified the use of explosive and reconnaissance drones, which a UN committee of experts said earlier was assembled from external components and shipped to Yemen.
A report by  UN experts charged with monitoring the arms embargo imposed on Yemen since 2015 said the Houthi militia acquired new weapons in 2019, some of which have characteristics similar to those produced in Iran.