Miracle baby born under debris as parents killed in Turkey-Syria earthquake

The baby’s mother went into labour during the quake but couldn’t survive the calamity.

New Delhi,UPDATED: Feb 7, 2023 18:00 IST

Syria miracle baby

The newborn was rescued after a mammoth operation

By India Today Web Desk: A miracle baby, born under the debris of buildings that collapsed in Syria following a massive earthquake, has devastatingly been left an orphan as her parents could not make it out alive. Little is known about the newborn baby and its family.

Her mother went into labour during the quake but couldn’t survive the calamity. Tragic footage showed the baby girl taking its first breath surrounded by destruction in northeast Syria.

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A mammoth rescue operation was launched in Jenderes, in the countryside of northeast Syria’s Afrin, to save the newborn and her family as darkness, rain and cold enveloped the region. But the parents, displaced tragically to Afrin from Deir Ezzor by Syria’s brutal war, did not survive the earthquake’s impact.

Turkey and Syria were rocked by a powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake early Monday.

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Thousands have now died and hundreds of buildings have been razed to the ground by one of the deadliest natural disasters of the century.

The initial quake was followed by a second one of 7.7 magnitude and a third of 5.7 magnitude struck eastern Turkey as rescuers dug through rubble and debris with bare hands for survivors.

Dozens of countries have sent in rescue teams to help with the search even as experts warned that the window for finding survivors was closing in.

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