'Dozens of people have been killed and hundreds injured in Iran and Iraq, according to early estimates by local officials, after a powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the region Sunday.
The death toll from the quake in Iran has risen to 164, with over 1,600 injured, Tasnim News Agency reports, citing Behnam Saeedi, a spokesman from the Iranian Disaster Management Organization.
People in quake-affected areas must refrain from entering damaged buildings, Iranian authorities have warned.
The Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Khamenei, conveyed his condolences to the Iranian people, assuring that all civilian and military organization are helping with the rescue effort, ISNA report'
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