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14th quake hits Izeh, Masjed Soleiman in southern Iran; schools closed

Schools in Izeh and Masjed Soleiman, in Iran's southern province of Khuzestan, were closed Wednesday until further notice, following more than 14 tremors which rocked the two cities since early Tuesday, IRNA reported from Ahvaz.

Head of Masjed Soleiman's Education Department Behrouz Farhadian told IRNA that the decision to close schools was taken by the natural disasters headquarters of the city.

The schools will be opened if the crisis in the city is removed, said Farhadian.

More than 14 tremors so far have shaken Izeh and Masjed Soleiman, in Khuzestan province since Tuesday morning.

The latest tremor measuring 4.6 degrees on the open-ended Richter scale jolted the two cities at 07:48 hours local time (0418 /ed./ GMT) on Wednesday.

According to Khuzestan's natural disasters headquarters, the tremors have inflicted 10-50 percent of damage on houses and farmyards in five villages in Masjed Soleiman. Furthermore, houses in a village in Izeh have been partially damaged. The tremors have not inflicted any casualties in either cities.

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