Seven people have been confirmed dead after a new earthquake hit southeastern Turkey on Wednesday night, the emergencies services said on Thursday, according to RIA Novosti.

The 5.6-magnitude earthquake in the Van province left 50 people injured and destroyed 25 buildings, including two hotels. Twenty-two buildings were uninhabited.

About 800 rescuers cleared rubble at the site of the three demolished buildings throughout the night and pulled out 23 people who had been staying at the four-storey hotel Bayram for Red Cross workers and journalists.

Twenty-two planes are heading for the site to bring more rescuers, doctors, food, clothes and 15,000 tents to the area.

This was the second earthquake in the Van province in the past three weeks. On October 23, a far more powerful 7.2-magnitude quake left at least 600 people dead.