Jewish family dies in Turkey quake after escaping Ukraine war

Yulia Petrova and her two sons - 10-year-old Zachar and 5-year-old Matthew - were found buried under the ruins in Antakya, some ten months after fleeing their war-torn Ukrainian hometown

Edward Doks|
A Jewish mother and her two sons, who managed to escape the war in Ukraine less than a year ago, were among the tens of thousands of dead bodies uncovered under the rubble following the devastating earthquake in Turkey.
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  • Yulia Petrova, 46, and her two sons - 10-year-old Zachar and five-year-old Matthew - were recently found buried under the ruins in Antakya, the southernmost province of Turkey.
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    Yulia Petrova and her two sons
    Yulia Petrova and her two sons
    Yulia Petrova and her two sons
    (Photo: Facebook)
    "We spoke for the last time on the evening of February 5, and at 4am the disaster struck," Yulia's father, Sergey Petrov, told the Ukrainian media. "I lost touch with them then."
    He added that Yulia's husband was a soldier in the Ukrainian army, and is currently hospitalized after sustaining wounds.
    Yulia and the two children, meanwhile, escaped their hometown of Zaporizhzhia in April 2022, fleeing to Antakya, where Yulia's aunt lived.
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    כוחות חילוץ בסוריה
    Rescue services pull survivors out of the rubble in Turkey
    (Photo: Reuters)
    The Ukrainian embassy in Turkey is making efforts to return the bodies to Zaporizhzhia, where the family will be buried.
    More than 45,000 people have been killed so far in the earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria earlier this month, and the toll is expected to soar. Some 264,000 apartments in Turkey were destroyed and many people are still missing following the country's worst modern-day disaster.
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