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More than 2,000 killed as powerful earthquake hits Turkey, Syria

The death toll from today's powerful magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria has climbed to more than 2,000.

Thousands more have been injured.

Officials are updating the death toll as rescue efforts continue.

The quake, one of the strongest to hit the region in more than 100 years, struck in Turkey's Gaziantep province.

Multiple strong aftershocks were felt across the region for hours after the first quake, including a severe quake measuring magnitude 7.5.

Turkey's disaster agency says some 1,500 people were killed after the first quake, and more than 5,300 wounded. Syrian authorities are reporting 810 dead and more than 2,000 injured.

World leaders have pledged to send aid after Turkey issued an international appeal for help.

Millions of people across Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Cyprus and Israel felt the tremor.