Friday evening a powerful earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale struck Morocco resulting in a tragic loss of more than 2,000 lives and leaving over 2,000 people injured. Official statements from authorities have confirmed these devastating numbers.
Leaders from regions including Europe, the Middle East, Africa and global organizations have expressed their support and sympathy in response to this calamity. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez conveyed his solidarity and support to the people of Morocco during this time by stating that Spain stands with the victims of this tragedy.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz expressed condolences to those affected by this catastrophic earthquake emphasizing that their thoughts are with the victims. French President Emmanuel Macron expressed his sorrow and assured that France is prepared to provide immediate assistance if needed. Pope Francis also expressed solidarity with the Moroccan people through the Vatican.
Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni emphasized Italy’s commitment to assist Morocco during this emergency situation. Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission extended sympathy towards the people in light of this terrible earthquake. The member countries of the European Union issued a statement through the European Council expressing their readiness to offer any necessary assistance, as close friends and partners of Morocco.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky both expressed their condolences with Zelensky stating that “Ukraine stands together with Morocco during this time.” Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared his sorrow for the loss of lives. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan offered support to Morocco “in this moment.”
Despite suspended ties neighboring Algeria sincerely offered their condolences. Israeli PM Netanyahu directed the provision of any assistance. UAE President Mohamed bin Zayed ordered an “air bridge to deliver relief.” Iran expressed condolences for the “terrible earthquake.” Other leaders from the Middle East such as the Prime Ministers of Iraq and Jordan pledged forms of aid.
African Union Commission Chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat extended his condolences to the kingdom’s people and families affected by the tragedy in Morocco. The World Bank, WHO UN humanitarian officials and Red Cross have all conveyed their readiness to address needs. UNESCO has also offered assistance, in assessing damage to heritage sites.