Morocco earthquake leaves more than 2,000 dead as int'l community offer condolences

Xinhua | Updated: 2023-09-10 16:49
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A woman walks past destroyed houses after an earthquake in the mountain village of Tafeghaghte, southwest of the city of Marrakesh, on Sept 9, 2023. [Photo/VCG]

The United Nations is ready to assist the government of Morocco in helping the impacted population, said the statement.

A 6.8-magnitude earthquake hit Morocco Friday at 11:11 pm local time (2211 GMT) at a depth of 18.5 kilometers. The death toll has risen to 2,012, local media reported.

The epicenter of Friday's tremor was near the town of Ighil in Al Haouz Province, roughly 70 kilometers (44 miles) south of Marrakech.

Neighboring Algeria expressed readiness to assist Morocco, saying it will open its airspace to flights carrying humanitarian aid, a state-owned news agency reported Saturday, citing a presidency statement.

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