Turkish energy minister: 'We are faced with poisoning'

Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz has called the situation inside the Soma mine "worrisome" and said rescue efforts "must be completed by the morning."

"Time is working against us," Yildiz said, adding that some 400 rescuers were involved in the operation near to 420 meters deep inside the mine.

Relatives of miners who are trapped in a coal mine wait in front of a hospital in Soma. Credit: REUTERS/Depo Photos

"We are faced with carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide poisoning," he said.

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Turkey: 'Mining execs detained' after disaster kills hundreds

Turkish police have detained 19 people, including mining company executives, as part of an investigation into the Soma mining disaster, Reuters have reported citing Turkish media.