Grantee in the News | Sep 2023

Israeli aid groups assist Morocco in quake aftermath

Originally published in ISRAEL21c

Israeli humanitarian aid groups SmartAID, IsraAID, United Hatzalah and NATAN Worldwide Disaster Relief have dispatched teams to Morocco to help the locals in the aftermath of a deadly earthquake that rocked the African country over the weekend. The earthquake is the strongest to hit Morocco in over 120 years.

The magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck shortly after 11 Friday night in central Marrakech and the surrounding communities. The death toll so far stands at more than 2,000 people, but is expected to rise. Another 2,000 have been injured, some critically.

IsraAID said its Emergency Response Team will travel to the areas affected the most by the earthquake to partner with local humanitarian groups. It will also try to organize relief efforts for the local Jewish community, with whom IsraAID is in close contact.

IsraAID CEO Yotam Polizer said: “We will work to provide immediate, essential aid in the wake of this disaster. Our team will be on the ground in the affected area, assessing the situation to see how we can best stand by these communities and promote resilience on the long road to recovery.”

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