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Posted: Thursday, 15 May 2014 12:35PM

Turkey Mourns Dead Coal Miners



Ahmet Sik/Getty Images(SOMA, Turkey) -- Funerals were held Thursday for some of the victims of Turkey's worst mining disaster as rescue teams continued to recover bodies.

The disaster on Tuesday has set off protests across the country, jeopardizing Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's presidential hopes.

At a graveyard in the western town of Soma, inconsolable mourners cried and wailed as the coffins -- draped in Turkish flags -- were carefully lowered into graves.

The explosion killed at least 274 workers and more than 100 others still remain trapped far below the earth's surface. There were close to 800 people inside the coal mine when it exploded.


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