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Earthquake in Morocco: International leaders lament and provide assistance



Leaders and diplomats from all around the world sent Morocco their condolences and support on Saturday following a terrible earthquake that occurred close to the popular tourist destination of Marrakesh.

Authorities in Morocco have confirmed that the late-Friday 6.8-magnitude earthquake resulted in at least 632 fatalities and 329 injuries, including 51 serious cases.

The Moroccan Centre for Scientific and Technical Research states that the province of Al-Haouz is where the earthquake’s epicentre was situated.Per the Moroccan Interior Ministry, the majority of the victims were in Al-Haouz and Taroudant, which are located farther south.

UK pledges assistanceAccording to Foreign Minister James Cleverly, the UK will support Morocco “in whatever way we can” on Saturday.”Saddening reports of a significant seismic activity near Marrakesh, Morocco,” he tweeted.

“We are prepared to assist our Moroccan friends in any manner we can.”Saddened terribly by BidenUS President Joe Biden expressed regret for the event while expressing condolences and prayers for the deceased. He claims that his administration communicates with representatives from Morocco.

“I am extremely pained by the deaths and destruction brought forth by Morocco’s earthquake. We are praying and thinking about everyone who is affected by this awful tragedy. He added in a statement on Saturday that “My administration is in contact with Moroccan officials.”

“We are working quickly to ensure the safety of American citizens in Morocco and stand prepared to provide any necessary assistance for the Moroccan people,” the statement continued. In this trying time, the United States stands with Morocco and my friend King Mohammed VI.

Spain pledges to dispatch rescuersAccording to Jose Manuel Albares, Spain’s foreign minister, the country has promised to deploy rescuers to Morocco.

Spain has extended an invitation to Morocco, should it so choose, to use both its reconstruction capabilities when this current crisis has passed and its rescue capabilities, which are currently the most crucial.

“Saving as many lives as possible is the most important thing right now,” he told reporters during the G20 meeting in India.Putin extends his sympathiesOn Saturday, Russian President Vladimir Putin sent his sympathies to the “friendly people.

” Putin sent a note to Mohammed VI, the King of Morocco, expressing his “sincere condolences for the tragic consequences of the devastating earthquake” and saying, “In Russia, we share the pain and the mourning of the friendly Moroccan people.”With “deepest condolences,” ZelenskyOn Saturday, Volodymyr Zelensky, the president of Ukraine, showed support for Morocco. He wished the injured a quick recovery in a social media greeting to King Mohammed VI.

We extend our sincere sympathies to HM King Mohammed VI and the Moroccan people on the loss of life caused by the terrible earthquake that struck the Marrakesh region. I hope those who are hurt get well soon. Zelensky posted on social media, “Ukraine stands in solidarity with Morocco during this tragic time.

“African Union conveys “extreme suffering”The terrible earthquake in Morocco, which has now been reported to have claimed over 800 lives, caused “great pain” for the head of the African Union Commission on Saturday.

In addition to offering his “sincere condolences” to the monarch, the Moroccan people, and the families of the deceased, Moussa Faki Mahamat stated, “I learned with great sadness of the tragic consequences of the earthquake that hit the kingdom of Morocco.

“German Chancellor expresses empathy”Our thoughts are with the victims of this devastating earthquake,” stated German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. We send our condolences to everyone impacted.

Swiss President sends his sympathiesAlain Berset, the president of Switzerland, offered his condolences.

The foreign ministry of the nation claimed that it has set up a crisis cell and is considering sending help.

Israeli, Belgian, and Italian prime ministers are distraught.

The earthquake’s “tragic toll,” according to Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, was “learned with grief.” She also emphasised “Italy’s willingness to support Morocco in this emergency.

“Alexander De Croo, the prime minister of Belgium, stated that his nation supports Morocco “in these difficult moments.

“Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, according to a statement from his office, “instructed all government bodies and forces to provide any necessary assistance to the people of Morocco, including the preparations for sending an aid delegation to the area.

“Following the 2020 Abraham Accords, which saw Israel normalise relations with various Arab nations, including Morocco, this is the most recent demonstration of support.

UAE President provides supplies for reliefAs stated by Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, the president of the United Arab Emirates, “we stand with the Kingdom of Morocco during this difficult time and wish a speedy recovery ahead to all those affected.

“Furthermore, he issued an order for a “air bridge to deliver critical relief” to the nation, as reported by state news agency WAM.In addition, declarations from Saudi Arabia and Egypt offered their sympathies and solidarity.

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