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WH: US "profoundly concerned" about earthquake in Turkiye, Syria

WASHINGTON, Feb 6 (KUNA) -- The US is "profoundly concerned" over the "destructive" earthquake in Turkiye and Syria, the White House said late Sunday.
National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said in a statement that President Joe Biden has "directed USAID and other federal government partners to assess US response options to help those most affected." "We will continue to closely monitor the situation in coordination with the Government of Turkiye," he added. Furthermore, Sullivan tweeted "I have been in touch with Turkish officials to relay that we stand ready to provide any and all needed assistance. A powerful 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck central Turkiye and northwest Syria killing over 100 people and hundreds others were injured. According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the quake is one of the most powerful to hit Turkiye in over 100 years. (end) si.gta