Israeli Aid Team Awaits Moroccan Response to Offer Help After Earthquake

Afaf Fahchouch
Afaf Fahchouch
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Israeli media reports have revealed that the Israeli army’s specialized relief team planned to be sent to Morocco on Sunday has not been able to travel yet due to the Moroccan officials’ lack of response to Israel’s assistance.

Channel 12 news stated that Moroccan officials are still uncertain about the type of aid that would best serve their needs.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry had announced its desire to send a team to Rabat on Sunday to assist those affected by the earthquake that resulted in hundreds of casualties, including Israelis in Morocco.

The same ministry announced yesterday that there are currently 479 Israelis in the kingdom, with 17 who have yet to contact their families following the earthquake. There have been no reports of Israelis becoming victims of the earthquake so far. However, the embassy continues to try to contact Israelis in Morocco to ensure their safety.

The Israeli emergency relief organization, IsraAID, also announced on Saturday that it is prepared to join relief efforts in Morocco. They plan to send a delegation with aid to Marrakesh and the surrounding areas, with their team scheduled to arrive in Marrakesh on Sunday.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a statement on Saturday evening, ordering “all ministries and forces to provide assistance as necessary to the Moroccan people, including planning to send an aid delegation to the area.” He expressed solidarity, saying, “The people of Israel extend their hands to our friends, the people of Morocco, at this difficult time and pray for their well-being. We will help in any way we can.”

Foreign Minister Eli Cohen also instructed his ministry and the embassy in Rabat to contact Moroccan authorities to determine how Israel can assist.



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