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  • Miners wait outside a coal mine in Soma, western Turkey, early Wednesday, May 14, 2014. Rescuers desperately raced against time to reach more than 200 miners trapped underground Wednesday after an explosion and fire at a coal mine in western Turkey killed hundreds of workers, authorities said, in one of the worst mining disasters in Turkish history.
  • An injured miner is carried to an ambulance after being rescued from the Soma coal mine, May 13, 2014.
  • An injured miner came out carried by rescuers after an explosion in Manisa on May 13, 2014. At least 157 miners were killed after a mine collapse in the western Turkish city of Manisa. "At least 200-300 workers were working in the mine when an electric fault caused an explosion," the mayor of Soma, a district of Manisa, told private NTV television.  AFP PHOTO/BULENT KILIC        (Photo credit should read BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Relatives of miners who are trapped in a coal mine wait in front of a hospital in Soma, Turkey, May 14, 2014.
  • People bury a dead miner in a cemetery in Soma, Turkey, May 14, 2014.
  • People prepare graves for the mine accident victims in Soma, Turkey, May 15, 2014.
  • A relative mourns during the funerals for victims of a mine explosion near Soma, Turkey, May 15, 2014.
  • People attend a mine accident victim's burial in Soma, Turkey, May 14, 2014.
  • Family members hug a rescued miner outside the coal mine in Soma, Turkey, May 14, 2014.
  • People cry during a funeral ceremony for miners who died in the Soma mine, on May 15, 2014.
  • People pray during a funeral at a cemetery after the mining disaster in Soma, Turkey, May 15, 2014.
  • A miner hugs a relative in front of a coal mine site in Soma, Turkey, May 14, 2014.
  • Turkish miners wait for news of their trapped colleagues after a coal mine explosion, on May 15, 2014 in Soma.
  • Demonstrators took to the streets to protest after hundreds of miners were killed and trapped at the Soma Holdings mine near Manisa, Turkey, May 14, 2014.
  • Demonstrators took to the streets to protest after hundreds of miners were killed and trapped at the Soma Holdings mine near Manisa, Turkey, May 14, 2014.
  • Riot police try to stop protesters who were attacking the Soma offices of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Justice and Development Party during his visit to the coal mine in Soma, Turkey, May 14, 2014.
  • A person identified by Turkish media as Yusuf Yerkel, advisor to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, kicks a protester already held by special forces police members during Erdogan's visiting  Soma, Turkey. , May 14, 2014.
  • People attack the Soma offices of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Justice and Development Party during his visit to the coal mine in Soma, Turkey, May 14, 2014.
  • Riot police fire tear gas against protesters during a demonstration blaming the ruling AK Party (AKP) government for the mining disaster in western Turkey, in Ankara, May 14, 2014.
  • Workers react to news of the explosion at the Soma mine in Turkey, May 13, 2014.
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Unrest grows over deadly mine accident in Turkey

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The worst mining accident in Turkey’s history has claimed the lives of at least 282 people.

Government officials believe nearly 150 individuals remain trapped inside after the underground explosion occurred in the western town of Soma on Tuesday. Crews have rescued more than 300 people as they continue to pump fresh air into the space.

Violent demonstrations erupted on Wednesday as  protesters claimed Turkey’s government failed to address safety issues. But officials said the mine was last inspected in March, when they didn’t detect any hazards. 

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