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Iran earthquake: Death toll rises to 407, more than 6,700 injured

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A 7.3-magnitude earthquake shook the western province of Kermanshah and the regions bordering Iraq on Sunday night, Financial Tribune reports.

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According to the spokesman for Iran's National Disaster Management Organization, Behnam Saeedi, at least 407 people have been reported killed and over 6,700 injured in Iran, IRNA reported.

Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei issued a message offering condolences to the Iranian nation over the catastrophic disaster and instructed military and state organizations to mobilize their resources to provide aid to the quake-affected areas.

"From the depth of my heart, I express my sorrow and sympathy to the Iranian people, particularly the dear people of Kermanshah Province and especially families who lost their loved ones in this heartrending disaster," Ayatollah Khamenei was quoted as saying by his official website.

"IRGC [Islamic Revolution Guards Corps], the Army and Basij [volunteer forces] must organize themselves and act quickly by helping transfer the injured and remove the rubble. All public organizations, military and nonmilitary, should use all their capabilities to help the survivors," he added.

The hardest hit region was Sarpol-Zahab County in Kermanshah, close to the Iraqi frontier, and its main hospital has been severely damaged.

President Hassan Rouhani is also scheduled to travel to Kermanshah on Tuesday, IRIB reported.

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