Boy, two youth pulled alive 260 hours after Turkey quakes

Eleven days into the quake, rescuers have pulled a 12-year-old boy and two men out of the rubble, more than 260 hours after the earthquakes that have so far left over 43,000 people dead in Turkey and Syria.

Twelve-year-old Osman Halebiye and two men, Mehmet Ali Sakiroglu, 26, and Mustafa Avci, 34, are saved nearly 11 days after the quake.

The boy was rescued from the rubble of a building in the central Antakya city of Hatay province, local media reported late on Thursday. The boy, a foreign national, was pulled from the ruins of Buket Apartment in Ekinci district.

Both men, Mehmet Ali Sakiroglu and Mustafa Avci were rescued from the rubble of a building in Antakya district in the 261st hour after the first 7.7 magnitude quake.

Their rescue came after Neslihan Kilic, 42, was pulled from the rubble in central Kahramanmaras province 257 hours after the quakes.

The United Nations has meanwhile launched an appeal for $1 billion to help victims in Türkiye.

“I urge the international community to step up and fully fund this critical effort in response to one of the biggest natural disasters of our times,” UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said.

On the disaster’s11th day, the death toll in Turkey rose to 38,044, making it the deadliest disaster in the country in 100 years.

The toll in Syria has reached 5,814, taking the combined death toll in both countries to 43,858.