Earthquake strikes western Iran, magnitude 5.1: USGC

Worshippers prepare to offer Eid al-Fitr prayers marking the end of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan, outside a mosque to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, May 24, 2020. (File photo: AP)

An earthquake of magnitude 5.1 struck the province of Kohgiluyeh and Boyer Ahmad in western Iran on Sunday, the US Geological Survey reported.

State TV gave no immediate information about possible casualties or damage.

Iran, which is battling the deadliest COVID-19 outbreak in the Middle East, allowed communal prayers at some mosques on Sunday but cancelled the annual mass Eid prayers in Tehran led by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. Iran has reported over 130,000 cases and more than 7,000 deaths.

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Last Update: Sunday, 24 May 2020 KSA 15:17 - GMT 12:17
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