Iran Extends Condolences to Italy over Deadly Quake

Bahram Ghasmei

Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi voiced Tehran’s deep sympathy for Italy over a powerful earthquake that left hundreds of people dead in a mountainous area near the town of Norcia on Wednesday.

Qassemi on Wednesday evening voiced Iran’s grief and offered its condolences to Italy over the quake.

He also wished a speedy recovery for its victims, as reported by Iranian media outlets.

The strong earthquake struck a mountainous stretch of central Italy early Wednesday, killing at least 247 people and trapping scores under debris.

The tremor, which had a preliminary magnitude of 6.2, struck at 3:36 a.m., about 6.5 miles southeast of the town of Norcia in the Umbria region, followed by about 200 aftershocks over the next several hours.

Towns in three regions -Umbria, Lazio and Marche- have been devastated by the quake.

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