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Morocco earthquake: How the world reacted

Messages of support and offers of help pour in from foreign governments as search for survivors begins
People work next to damage in the historic city of Marrakech, following a powerful earthquake in Morocco, 9 September 2023 (Reuters)
People dig out a damaged building in the historic city of Marrakech, 9 September 2023 (Reuters)

Messages of support and offers for help from foreign governments have poured in after a powerful earthquake struck Morocco's High Atlas mountains late on Friday. 

At least 820 people have died and 672 were injured in the 6.8-magnitude quake as of 11am GMT, according to Moroccan state TV.

Authorities have launched rescue efforts on Saturday morning to remove the rubble of destroyed buildings, looking for survivors. 

Here's how some parts of the world reacted: 

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan took to X, formally known as Twitter, to show solidarity with the "Moroccan brothers".

"We will support our Moroccan brothers in every way in this difficult hour," Erdogan said.

Turkish officials have said they are ready to dispatch 265 emergency workers and 1,000 tents to Morocco, awaiting confirmation from Rabat.

In a separate statement, the Turkish foreign ministry said that Ankara was ready to provide all kinds of support "to heal the wounds of the earthquake in Morocco". 


Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a message of support to Morocco's King Mohammed VI. 

"Please accept my sincere condolences on the tragic consequences of the devastating earthquake in the central regions of your country," Putin's message read. 

"Russia shares the worry and sorrow of the friendly people of Morocco. Please convey words of sympathy and support to the families and friends of the victims, as well as wishes for a speedy recovery to all those who have suffered as a result of this natural disaster."


Israeli officials said they were preparing to send aid and emergency assistance to Morocco.  

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent prayers for the well-being of those affected and instructed his government to "provide assistance as necessary to the Moroccan people, including planning to send an aid delegation to the area", according to his office. 

United Arab Emirates

Agencies in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have been instructed to prepare an air bridge to deliver critical relief to Morocco, state news agency WAM said. 

It added that President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed sent a message of condolence to the Moroccan king and wished a speedy recovery to all the injured.


Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, speaking at the inauguration of the G20 summit in New Delhi, said the "entire world" was with Morocco. 

"We pray that all the injured people get well soon. The entire world community is with Morocco in this difficult time and we are ready to provide them with all possible assistance," Modi said. 

In a statement, the foreign ministry expressed its sincere condolences to the government and people of Morocco, and the families of the victims of the tragedy, as well as its wishes for a speedy recovery for all the injured.


French President Emmanuel Macron said he was shocked by the "terrible earthquake" and that his country "stands ready to help first aid responses". 

Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna in a statement sent "compassionate thoughts for the victims and their families and admiration for the work of rescue crews who relentlessly help the injured".


Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares said his country has offered to send rescuers to Morocco as Acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said his country "stands with the victims of this tragedy and their families".

"Spain has offered Morocco, if it deems it necessary, both its rescue capacities, which in these moments are the most important, as well as its rebuilding capacity once this moment has passed. What is important right now is to save the greatest number of lives possible," Albares told reporters at the G20 summit in India.

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