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Turkey accepts foreign aid, including from Israel
Official: Turkey will accept aid foreign quake aid, including from Israel
By The Associated Press

ERCIS, Turkey (AP) ' A foreign ministry official says Turkey will accept foreign assistance to cope with the aftermath of a powerful earthquake, including from Israel.

The official says Turkey on Tuesday decided to accept offers from assistance after emergency management authorities declared the country would need prefabricated homes and containers to house survivors. He spoke on condition of anonymity in line with ministry rules.

Thousands have been sleeping outside in near-freezing temperatures since the 7.2-magnitude quake on Sunday.



Israel offered assistance despite a rift between the two countries over last year's Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla that killed nine activists.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

ERCIS, Turkey (AP) ' A Turkish news agency says prisoners, panicked by a strong aftershock, have started rioting at a prison in eastern Turkey after authorities refused to let them out.

The private Dogan agency says the inmates set bedding on fire at the 1,000-capacity prison in the eastern city of Van on Tuesday evening, after 5.4-magnitude aftershock caused panic across Van province, which was hit by a killer quake on Sunday.

The agency says security forces surrounded the prison, aiming to prevent new escapes, since some prisoners had already fled after Sunday's 7.2-magnitude collapsed one prison wall. It says firefighters were working to extinguish the fire inside the prison.

State-run TRT television, meanwhile, says the number of deaths in Sunday's quake has reached at least 459. It says over 1,350 more people have been injured.


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