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Spain sends rescue team to quake-hit Morocco


Spain has pledged to send search and rescue teams and other aid to Morocco after the North African country was hit by a powerful earthquake on Friday.

The earthquake, which had a magnitude of 6.8, struck the region of Chefchaouen in northern Morocco, killing at least 2,012 people and injuring over 2,059.

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Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares said the decision to send aid was a “sign of Spanish solidarity” with Morocco.

It is urgent to try to find the greatest number of people alive to save them,” he said. “When it is time for reconstruction, Spanish aid will also be present.”

The Spanish government is sending 65 members of its Military Emergencies Unit to Morocco to help with the search and rescue operation.

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The UME is a body of the armed forces that was created to intervene quickly in emergency situations such as forest fires, floods and earthquakes.

A UME unit was sent to Turkey in February following a devastating earthquake and helped rescue six people, including a mother and two children.

The earthquake in Morocco is the strongest to hit the country in over 50 years. It has caused widespread damage, with many buildings collapsed or damaged.

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