Iran Daily: Quake Toll Rises to 400+ Killed, 6700 Wounded

A woman grieves as she holds the body of her daughter, Sarpol-e-Zahab, western Iran, November 13, 2017. (Mosleh Pirkhezranian/IRNA)

The death toll inside Iran from Sunday night’s earthquake on the Iran-Iraq border has risen to at least 445, with almost 7,200 people injured.

The large majority of the casualties were in Kermanshah Province in western Iran. On the Iraqi Kurdistan side, officials said at least seven people were killed and more than 540 others injured.

The 7.3-magnitude quake, at 9:48 p.m. local time, was centered 32 km (20 miles) southwest of the city of Halabja in northeastern Iraq. Tremors were felt from Turkey to Kuwait.

In Kermanshah, residents have set up makeshift camps. Officials are asking for blood donations, and there is urgent need of blankets, food, water, and infant formula. Power and phone service was cut for several hours after the quake, and water supplies have reportedly been contaminated in some areas.

The town of Sarpol-e Zahab, about 15 km from the Iraq border, was among the hardest-hit, with dozens of people killed. A local man said rescue efforts were struggling, with soldiers “completely empty-handed”: “They don’t even have masks and gloves, so it’s useless.”

The Iranian border town of Ghasre Shirin was also heavily damaged.

Video from the town of Sarpol-e Zahab:

President Hassan Rouhani and the Supreme Leader immediately called for emergency efforts, and Rouhani will visit the area on Tuesday.


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Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.


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  2. Iranian officials set conditions for release of Zaghari-Ratcliffe

    1. Britain must settle a 38 year-old bill for £400m after reneging on a deal to sell Chieftan tanks to Iran.
    2. The Iranian Embassy in London wants to open a bank account instead of having to horde cash in its basement to pay for everything because of US sanctions.
    3. Tehran also wants more British and other European companies to open offices in Iran.

    • Yes, it appears this embarrassing cat is now well and truly out of the bag:
      A quid pro quo ‘ransom’ agreement has never been formally proposed by Iranian officials.
      But British ministers have been left in little doubt that is the price for Nazanin’s freedom, as the long-standing demands [including that Britain must settle a 38 year-old bill for £400m after reneging on a deal to sell Chieftan tanks to Iran] always resurface whenever secret talks over her jailing in April 2016 take place.

    • Good to know the terrorist regime is still taking people hostage for use as bargaining chips. Perhaps the brits need to send a SAS squad after some Quds force terrorists or other Iranians with connections to the terror regime. Bet that would stop this non-sense real quick. It worked for al qaeda when they took an Iranian diplomat hostage. You can’t negotiate with a terrorist regime playing by a different set of rules.

      • The SAS did attack the Iranian embassy in London in 1980 to free diplomats held by Arab separatist terrorists after one diplomat was murdered by them.

        Btw, thanks for the $1.7 billion dollar cash delivery. We are using it to fund covert operations against US forces. When you and your buddies were in the Army, there was a $50,000 price tag on every American in Iraq. Do that math and $1.7 billion pays for 34,000 US fatalities.

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