Mourners attend the funeral of seven Cypriot students killed in a powerful earthquake that hit Turkey, in northeast coastal city of Famagusta on Saturday. AFP
Two dozens children aged 11 to 14 from the island, along with 10 parents, four teachers and a volleyball coach, were in the southern Turkish city of Adiyaman when Monday's quake hit.
The 7.8-magnitude tremor, whose epicentre was near Gaziantep, about 130 kilometres southwest of Adiyaman, has claimed the lives of more than 21,000 people in Turkey and Syria.
Mourners attend the funeral of one of the Cypriot students killed in an earthquake that hit Turkey, in Famagusta. AFP
The children had been taking part in a school volleyball tournament and had been staying in a hotel in Adiyaman that was completely destroyed by the quake. "The bodies of 19 students have been found under the rubble," a correspondent for Turkey's NTV channel said.
A plane arrived in Cyprus the early hours of Friday with the bodies of the seven children as well as two teachers and a parent, local TV images showed.
Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar welcomed the bodies accompanied by other government and military officials of the breakaway Turkish Cypriot statelet of northern Cyprus. Officials confirmed 16 members of the group had died.
The tragedy has devastated the small breakaway statelet on the Mediterranean island of 270,000 residents.
The region's government had declared a national mobilisation, hiring a private plane so they could join the search-and-rescue effort for the children.
These include 97 tonnes of foodstuffs, 20 tonnes of medical supplies, and 696 tents to shelter the affected people via cargo flights to Syria and Turkey that totalled 36 to date.
Rescue teams in Turkey on Saturday pulled to safety a family of five who survived inside their collapsed home for five days following a major earthquake in a sprawling border region of Turkey and Syria.
His daughter, Irmak, was dead. But he refused to let her go, caressing the fingers peeking out from a mattress the girl was asleep on when the first pre-dawn tremor struck on Monday.
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