Dutch FM sympathizes with victims of Iran's deadly quake

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - The Netherlands Foreign Minister Halbe Zijlstra in a message sympathized with victims of the Sunday deadly quake in western Iran which killed hundreds of people and injured thousands more.

'Foreign Minister Zijlstra: ‘Many lives have been lost in the earthquake that struck Iran and Iraq Sunday evening. The destruction and devastation is immense. Our thoughts are with the victims, their loved ones and all those affected,' The Dutch Foreign Ministry said in a Twitter message which was released on Monday.

Latest reports on the 7.3 magnitude earthquake that hit Kermanshah Province, western Iran and bordering Iraq, on Sunday night, said that it has so far claimed at least 430 lives and injured over 7,370 others.

Foreign leaders have extended their condolences messages. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, German Ambassador in Tehran Michael Klor-Berchtold, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy are among the high-ranking politicians who sympathized with the Iranian nation and government on the tragic event.

Sitting on several major fault lines, Iran is one of the most seismically active countries in the world and prone to nearly daily quakes.

In 2003, a 6.6 magnitude earthquake killed 26,000 people in Bam in southeastern Iran and flattened the historic city. In August 2012, an earthquake killed more than 250 people in East Azerbaijan Province, northwestern Iran.


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