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Algeria offers emergency aid to quake-hit Morocco

September 11, 2023 at 9:28 am

A view of a destroyed building after a 7 magnitude earthquake in Marrakesh, Morocco on September 9, 2023. [Stringer – Anadolu Agency]

Algeria yesterday offered emergency humanitarian aid to Morocco following a deadly earthquake that killed thousands in the North African country, Anadolu reported.

At least 2,122 people have been killed and 2,421 others injured when a magnitude 7 earthquake struck Morocco late Friday, according to the Interior Ministry.

“Algeria is offering an emergency assistance plan if accepted by the Kingdom of Morocco,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The ministry said the step is part of Algeria’s emergency logistical and material aid to the Moroccan people following the quake disaster.

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“The assistance would include sending a civil protection intervention team consisting of 80 specialists to Morocco, as well as a technical team specialised in searching under the rubble and a medical team.”

The plan also includes “providing those affected by the earthquake with humanitarian aid, including first aid, mattresses and tents,” the statement said.

The quake was the strongest tremor to hit the North African country in the last century, according to Morocco’s National Geophysical Institute.

On Saturday, Algeria offered condolences to Morocco and opened its airspace for humanitarian and medical flights to and from its neighbouring country.

Algeria and Morocco are regional rivals whose ties have been strained over the disputed Western Sahara region.

In August 2021, Algeria severed diplomatic relations with Morocco, accusing Rabat of having “hostile tendencies,” an accusation vehemently denied by Rabat.