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MUSCAT/TEHRAN: His Majesty Sul­tan Qa­boos has sent a ca­ble of con­do­lences to Pres­i­dent Dr Has­san Rouhani of the Is­lamic Repub­lic of Iran on the vic­tims of the earth­quake that hit the north­ern border re­gion be­tween Iran and Iraq.

In his ca­ble, His Majesty the Sul­tan ex­pressed his sin­cere con­do­lences and sym­pa­thy to Pres­i­dent Rouhani, pray­ing to the Almighty Al­lah to rest the departed souls in peace, grant their fam­i­lies pa­tience and the in­jured quick re­cov­ery.

Mean­while, teams of Ira­nian res­cuers dug through rub­ble in a hunt for sur­vivors on Mon­day after a ma­jor earth­quake struck the IranIraq border, killing at least 415 peo­ple and in­jur­ing thou­sands.

The 7.3-mag­ni­tude quake rocked a border area 30 km south­west of Hal­abja in Iraqi Kur­dis­tan at around 9:20 pm on Sun­day, the US Ge­o­log­i­cal Sur­vey said.

Many peo­ple would have been at home when the quake hit in Iran’s western prov­ince of Ker­man­shah, where au­thor­i­ties said it killed at least 407 peo­ple and in­jured 6,700.

Across the border in more sparsely pop­u­lated ar­eas of Iraq, the health min­istry said eight peo­ple had died and sev­eral hun­dred were in­jured. Iraq’s Red Cres­cent re­ported nine dead and more than 400 in­jured.

As dusk ap­proached on Mon­day, tens of thou­sands of Iranians were forced to sleep out­side in the cold for a sec­ond night as au­thor­i­ties scram­bled to pro­vide them with aid. MORE RE­PORTS ON P8


Peo­ple gather around a lev­elled build­ing in the moun­tain­ous town of Dar­bandikhan in Iraqi Kur­dis­tan fol­low­ing a 7.3-mag­ni­tude quake that hit the Iraq-Iran border area.

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