Jordanian rescued from earthquake rubble returns to Kingdom

Jordanian Faisal Tayseer Al-Bashabasha
(Photos: Ameer Khalifeh/Jordan News)
AMMAN — Early this morning, Jordanian Faisal Tayseer Al-Bashabasha arrived safely at Queen Alia International Airport, after his rescue from the rubble of the earthquake that struck southern Turkey and northern Syria several days ago, Khaberni reported.اضافة اعلان

Bashabasha had arrived in Antakya, Turkey last Monday, just an hour before the earthquake occurred, he said. After reassuring his family of his arrival, he had fallen asleep at a hotel where he was staying in the city.

An hour later, he woke up under rubble. He had not felt the earthquake happening.

For about 19 hours, he remained under the rubble, without water or food. According to his description of the experience, he was trying to scream for help while crawling through rubble and shattered glass, which had pierced different parts of his body in the quake.

Finally, Turkish civil defense cadres were able to reach him and rescue him from the collapsed hotel.

Ongoing searchesBashabasha was only one of several Jordanians trapped in the disaster.

The Kingdom’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates said on Sunday that efforts are ongoing in the search for a missing Jordanian girl under the rubble in Turkey.

In addition, the ministry told Al-Mamlaka TV that the search for two missing Jordanian brothers is still underway.

The 7.7-magnitude earthquake that struck southern Turkey and northern Syria on Monday caused widespread destruction, death, and injury. Aftershocks were felt in neighboring countries, including Lebanon, Iraq, and Egypt.

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