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Turkey earthquake 'topples hotel'

9 November 2011 Last updated at 21:33 GMT

At least three people have been killed by a 5.6 magnitude earthquake which has struck eastern Turkey, Turkish media report.

About 20 buildings have collapsed, including a six-storey hotel in the city of Van, trapping dozens of people.

Last month, about 600 people were killed by a 7.2 earthquake in Van province.

Alper Kucuk, executive officer for international relations of the Turkish Red Crescent, told the BBC that rescue efforts are focusing on the hotel building where aid workers and journalists were staying.