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Stay updates: Dying toll rises close to Marrakech, Morocco, after 6.8-magnitude quake


Te worldwide response to the 6.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Morocco on Friday night time has been large.

Greater than 2,000 individuals have been confirmed useless as rescue operations proceed. Within the midst of it, world leaders have supplied their condolences and commiserations.

In an announcement Saturday, US President Joe Biden stated he’s “deeply saddened” by the quake and that his administration is in touch with Moroccan officers: “We’re working expeditiously to make sure Americans in Morocco are secure, and stand prepared to supply any mandatory help for the Moroccan individuals.” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken additionally expressed his “deep disappointment on the lack of life and destruction” and “heartfelt condolences” to these affected, echoing Biden’s promise of help.

French President Emmanuel Macron stated Saturday on X, beforehand often called Twitter: “We’re all devastated by the horrible earthquake in Morocco. France is able to assist with the rescue efforts.”

Chinese language chief Xi Jinping expressed his condolences to Moroccan King Mohammed VI, Chinese language state media CCTV introduced Saturday, calling the earthquake “stunning.”

“On behalf of the Chinese language authorities and folks, I expressed my deepest condolences to the victims, their household and people injured,” Xi stated within the assertion. “I consider that, underneath the management of your majesty the King, the Moroccan authorities and folks can undoubtedly shortly get well from this catastrophe and rebuild their properties,” he stated.

Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelensky despatched his “deepest condolences to HM King Mohammed VI and all Moroccans for the lives misplaced within the horrible earthquake. I want these injured a quick restoration.”

Russia’s Vladimir Putin reached out to Morocco’s king in an announcement revealed on the Kremlin’s web site, including: “Russia shares the experiences and grief of the pleasant individuals of Morocco.”

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, which skilled its personal horrific earthquake earlier this 12 months — as greater than 50,000 individuals had been killed in Turkey and Syria — conveyed his “finest needs to all Moroccan individuals affected by the earthquake catastrophe in pleasant and brotherly Morocco.”

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi opened the G20 summit on Saturday with “heartfelt condolences” to everybody affected by the quake. He later stated on his X account that he was “extraordinarily pained by the lack of lives.”

Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida despatched a message of sympathy to Moroccan Prime Minister Aziz Akhannouch, in line with a Japanese Ministry of Overseas Affairs assertion. “I’m deeply saddened to listen to that so many valuable lives had been misplaced and so many individuals had been affected by the earthquake. I want to categorical my condolences to the victims and supply my honest sympathies to the bereaved households,” Kishida stated, additionally indicating his nation’s willingness to supply substantial support.

European Fee President Ursula von der Leyen, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo have additionally stated that they and their nations are “with the victims” of the tragedy.

Pope Francis on Saturday expressed his “profound solidarity” with Moroccans hit by the lethal earthquake in a telegram despatched to Morocco by the Vatican’s Secretary of State Pietro Parolin. “The Holy Father prays to essentially the most excessive to assist the individuals of Morocco on this ordeal and presents his encouragement to the civil authorities and rescue companies,” it added.

Prepared to assist: Some nations say they’re in contact with Morocco on the right way to help the North African nation following the catastrophe, with Israel and the UAE already making ready to supply help on the bottom. The United Nations has additionally stated it’s going to present assist.

The French ambassador to Morocco informed CNN affiliate BFMTV Saturday that France is in talks with Moroccan authorities to determine “methods to accompany Morocco on this grave disaster.”

Magen David Adom, Israel’s emergency medical staff, is mobilizing and gearing as much as depart for Morocco “inside the subsequent few hours” in line with an announcement launched Saturday.

“This earthquake calls for a wide-reaching response, necessitating collaboration amongst quite a few organizations,” the director normal of Magen David Adom, Eli Bin, stated within the assertion.

In the meantime, the UAE’s President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan “has directed the institution of an air bridge to ship crucial reduction provides and different types of assist to these affected by the earthquake that struck numerous areas of the Kingdom of Morocco.”

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