In the wake of a catastrophic earthquake in Morocco that has resulted in the tragic loss of over 800 lives, Spain has extended a helping hand by offering rescue assistance. Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares made this announcement during the G20 summit in India, emphasizing the urgency of saving as many lives as possible during this dire situation.
Spain has offered to provide Morocco with both its rescue capabilities, which are currently of paramount importance, and its reconstruction expertise once the immediate crisis subsides. Minister Albares stressed that the primary focus at this moment is to rescue and safeguard lives.
Spain’s Military Emergencies Unit (UME), along with its aid agencies and embassy, is fully prepared to support Morocco in any way necessary. The UME is a specialized armed forces unit designed to respond swiftly to emergency situations, including forest fires, floods, and earthquakes.
This isn’t the first time the UME has extended its assistance internationally. In February, a UME unit was dispatched to Turkey following a devastating earthquake, where they played a pivotal role in rescuing six individuals, including a mother and her two children, according to Spain’s defense ministry.
The earthquake that struck Turkey on February 6, along with the war-torn regions of Syria, claimed the lives of more than 55,000 people. Spain’s willingness to offer its expertise and resources to Morocco demonstrates a spirit of international solidarity in times of crisis, as nations come together to provide support and assistance during times of dire need.
Sources By Agencies