A team from the UME of Zaragoza, made up of 56 soldiers and 4 dogs, is already in Morocco and in the next few hours 30 emergency personnel from Madrid and 5 firefighters from Malaga will travel.
International aid has begun to be mobilized to collaborate in the search for survivors and in the removal of rubble in the areas affected by the earthquake that devastated the region of Marrakech, in southern Morocco, on Friday, and which has claimed the lives of more than of 2000 people.
The rescue teams have begun to deploy, after the Government of Morocco has accepted help from four countries: Spain, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.
Thus, from Zaragoza, an Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team from the Military Emergency Unit (UME) made up of 56 soldiers and 4 dogs is already in Morocco to collaborate in the search and rescue of survivors of the devastating earthquake.
According to the Spanish Ministry of the Interior, the General Directorate of Civil Protection and Emergency is coordinating the deployment of a total of 65 UME troops, to which additional teams from autonomous communities may be added.
A team of 30 people from the Special Emergency and Immediate Response Unit of the Community of Madrid (Ericam), made up of firefighters and Summa112 personnel, along with canine handlers and four rescue dogs, are expected to travel in the next few hours.
In parallel, five firefighters from the Malaga City Council will join the rescue team organized by the NGO Firefighters Without Borders.
From New Delhi, several G20 leaders have reiterated to Morocco their willingness to “provide all necessary support for any urgent short-term financial needs and for reconstruction efforts” in the short term for recovery after the earthquake.
Moroccan diplomatic sources have specified, for their part, that after accepting the participation of rescue teams from Spain, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, the Maghreb country does not currently have “a need for other types of help” but they have expressed their gratitude to countries that have offered assistance.
Algeria opens its airspace and the Polisario Front expresses its condolences to the Moroccan people
To facilitate the arrival of the arrival of international aid, Algeria has decided to open its airspace – closed two years ago – to humanitarian flights to Morocco, a decision that has been praised by the Arab League.
For its part, the government of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), which controls the Polisario Front, has expressed its condolences and solidarity to the Moroccan people after the serious earthquake. The Saharawi executive “expresses its support and solidarity with the families who have lost their loved ones as a result of this catastrophe,” according to a statement from the Saharawi Ministry of Information.
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