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'God is the greatest': Watch the moment Syrian child is pulled from rubble alive after earthquake

Updated: Feb 8, 2023

WARNING: Some people might find the vision in this story distressing.

Rescuers in white helmets have cheered in in Jandaris, Syria, as they pulled a young girl from collapsed rubble alive.

She was buried in debris up to the chest, with dust covering her face and her body, though rescuers said she wasn't seriously injured.

It took rescuers to dig their way through the debris until they could rescue the child.

They cheered "God is the greatest," as she was pulled out alive.

Despite overwhelming rescue efforts, the death toll from a devastating earthquake in Turkey and Syria has risen past 7,000, with despair mounting and relief efforts hampered by the scale of the disaster.

According to the government and a rescue service in insurgent-held areas, approximately 1,600 people have died in Syria alone.

It is estimated that thousands of buildings, including apartment blocks, were destroyed by the 7.8 magnitude quake, resulting in thousands of injuries and people being made homeless.

It was the deadliest earthquake to hit Turkey since 1999.

Australia will now deploy an urban search and rescue team of up to 72 people to Turkey, with the aim to have people on the ground 'by the end of the week'.

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