Earthquake-Struck Morocco Refuses Algerian Humanitarian Aid

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In August 2021, Algeria's Foreign Ministry announced the severing of diplomatic relations with Morocco, accusing the neighboring state of a "hostile attitude" toward Algeria, ties to two terrorist groups that Algeria considers responsible for forest arson, and surveillance of Algerian officials.
The Kingdom of Morocco has rejected humanitarian aid offered by Algeria to help the neighboring country deal with the aftermath of last week's deadly earthquake in the country, Algerian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
"The Director General of the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs informed the Algerian Consul that, after the evaluation, the Kingdom of Morocco does not need the humanitarian aid proposed by Algeria," the statement said.
For its part, the Algerian government said it "takes note of the official Moroccan response, from which it draws obvious consequences."
Earlier in the day, Algerian media reported that Algiers had decided to send two planes with medical supplies, tents and food, as well as one plane with civil defense personnel to Morocco to help deal with the aftermath of natural disaster. The move was reportedly accepted by the Moroccan Justice Minister Abdellatif Ouahbi.
Apart from that, Algeria's presidential office announced Saturday that it would open its airspace to planes carrying humanitarian aid and people injured in Morocco's earthquake.
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Algeria Decides to Open Airspace for Quake Relief Flights to Morocco
On Friday, a magnitude 6.9 earthquake jolted Morocco 77 kilometers southwest of the city of Marrakech with a population of 839,000. The epicenter of the quake lay at a depth of 10 km and was followed by at least four aftershocks with magnitudes up to 4.8. According to seismologists, the power of the earthquake was equivalent to that of 25 nuclear bombs.
According to the latest reports, the death toll from the disaster reached 2,862 people, with over 2,562 others received injuries.