Turkey's president helped carry the coffin of one of the victims of the apartment building collapse in Istanbul today as the death toll hit 17.
Speaking at the scene, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said there are "many lessons to learn".More news: Coca-Cola launching new flavor for first time in a decade
The seven-storey block in the Kartal district on the Asian side of the city collapsed on February 6 but the cause is not yet clear.
Hopes that more survivors might be found were raised early Friday when a 16-year-old boy was pulled alive from the rubble, the news agency said.
The cause of the tragedy is under investigation but officials have said the top three floors of the eight-story building were built illegally.More news: Canada's jobless rate edges higher to 5.8 pct in January
Mr Erdogan also visited a hospital where more than a dozen people injured in the collapse are being treated.
"We estimate that there were 35 people trapped under the rubble and we have now accounted for 35", he said while stressing that search operations would continue as before.
Thirty residents were inside the building, which contained 14 apartments, when it collapsed Wednesday, Anadolu said.More news: May urges UK lawmakers: Give me more time to get Brexit deal
Turkish media said three of the eight floors had been illegally built - a relatively common practice in the metropolis of some 15 million people. They have criticized a government decision to grant amnesty for illegal construction previous year ahead of the country's general election. Seven of them are in a serious condition.
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