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Turkish boy rescued five days after quake

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ERCIS: Rescue workers pulled a 13-year-old boy alive out of the rubble of an apartment block on Friday, five days after a powerful earthquake that killed at least 570 people in eastern Turkey.

”It is a great miracle,” Neriman, the boy’s 34-year-old mother told Reuters. ”He told me he prayed and when he said all his prayers and there were no more left he recited the national anthem.”

The rescue lifted Turkish spirits as thousands of quake survivors endured a fifth freezing and wet night without a roof over their heads, and recriminations flew over the pace of relief and the shoddy construction that led to so much damage. The boy, Ferhat Tokay, was put in a neck brace and taken on a stretcher to a waiting ambulance after being rescued in Ercis, the town hardest hit by Sunday’s 7.2 magnitude quake, television images showed. ”We started digging and at first we saw his hand. And then we started speaking to him. He said ‘I am hungry and thirsty’,” Baris Dogan, said. (PTI)

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