West News Wire: Analysts have warned that the political divisions that have torn Syria apart for more than ten years may turn the Syrian victims of the terrible earthquake that struck their nation and Turkey on Monday into hostages.

More than 100 aftershocks and a second 7.5 magnitude earthquake were produced by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that rocked southern Turkey in the early hours of Monday. Over 11,000 people have died in Syria and Turkey, and it is believed that hundreds more are trapped under the wreckage.

Numerous nations have offered their support and assistance to Turkey, while Syria has received less of it. This has led to worries that casualties on one side of the Turkish-Syrian border may go uncared for while others are helped.

Turkey is a NATO member whose international stature has only grown in recent years. Syria, on the other hand, is heavily sanctioned.

Seventy countries and 14 international organizations have offered Turkey relief following the quake, Erdogan said on Tuesday, including the United States, the United Kingdom, the UAE, Israel and Russia.

The international aid situation in Syria is less clear. So far, the UAE, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Egypt, Algeria and India have already sent relief to Syria. Others such as Taliban-ruled Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, China, Canada and the Vatican have pledged aid; however it is unclear if that relief will be sent or not.

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