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Breaking: Morocco Earthquake Leaves Hundreds Dead

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Posted: September 9, 2023 at 9:21 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

An earthquake of 6.8 magnitude has devastated Morocco, killing at least 820 people, wounding over 670, demolishing old structures, and driving scared locals into the streets for protection.

On Saturday, Moroccan official television confirmed the death toll, quoting the Ministry of Interior. 205 of those wounded were in critical condition.

Many residences in the mountain community of Asni, near the epicenter, were damaged, according to Montasir Itri. “Our neighbors are under the rubble, and people are working hard to rescue them using available means in the village,” he stated.

Residents of Marrakesh, the next major city to the center, said that several structures in the old city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, had fallen. Images on local television showed a collapsed mosque minaret and debris from crushed automobiles.

According to the televised announcement from the Interior Ministry, the quake struck the provinces of Al Haouz, Ouarzazate, Marrakesh, Azilal, Chichaoua, and Taroudant.
A report from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) states that the temblor struck just after 11 p.m. local time (22:00 GMT) on Friday evening.

The Aftershock

According to the US Geological Survey, a 4.9-magnitude aftershock was registered only 19 minutes after the earthquake.

Mustapha Louaanabi, who also lives in the Atlas Mountains’ foothills, described the time the earthquake occurred as “loud, deafening noises” and feeling like “a train was passing right in the middle of the living room.”

His family rushed outdoors, where they remained until 8 a.m. while aftershocks persisted. “Nobody slept all night because of the aftershocks, and the noise of these shocks created panic,” he claimed.

Louaanabi’s home survived the earthquake, but a neighboring village was destroyed, and people are unable to recover remains from beneath the wreckage, he added. Many of the settlements in the Atlas Mountains’ foothills around the quake’s epicenter are secluded and difficult to reach.

International Aid From Israel To Morocco

According to a post by Morocco World News on X (formerly known as Twitter), Israel has extended an offer to aid Morocco in this difficult period.
The Israeli government’s Arabic account on X, previously known as Twitter, made the statement while conveying Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s condolences to the victims.

The tweet stated that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had “expressed the sympathy of the government and people of Israel with the Moroccan people in their ordeal and his deep condolences to the families of the victims of the devastating earthquake” and had also offered “his deep condolences” to the families affected by the disaster.

“The Prime Minister has directed that all specialized forces in Israel be on standby to travel to Morocco and assist local forces in rescuing those who are trapped and administering aid to survivors,” the tweet said. The Israeli government has said that the Ministry of Defense and the Israeli army are ready to assist with their specialized rescue teams.
In addition to Netanyahu, Israeli Ambassador to Morocco David Govrin and Foreign Minister Eli Cohen also conveyed their sympathies to the North African nation.
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