Turkish media said that 19 youngsters in the group perished, and the corpses of seven Cypriot pupils who died in the devastating earthquake that struck Turkey have already been brought home.
When the earthquake struck on Monday, twenty islanders between the ages of 11 and 14 were in the city of Adiyaman in southern Turkey, together with ten parents, four instructors, and a volleyball coach.
More than 21,000 people have died in Turkey and Syria as a result of the 7.8-magnitude earthquake, whose epicentre was close to Gaziantep, around 130 kilometers (80 miles) southwest of Adiyaman.
The kids were staying in an Adiyaman hotel that was entirely devastated by the earthquake while competing in a school volleyball competition.
A journalist for Turkey’s NTV station said that 19 pupils’ corpses had been discovered under the debris.
Images from local TV revealed that an aircraft carrying the remains of the seven kids, two instructors, and a parent had landed in Cyprus early on Friday.
Ersin Tatar, the head of the Turkish Cypriot statelet in northern Cyprus, greeted the corpses together with other government and military representatives.
Officials verified the deaths of 16 members of the group on Friday.
The catastrophe has wreaked havoc on the 270,000-person Mediterranean island’s tiny breakaway statelet.