The president of the French NGO Secouristes sans frontières, Arnaud Fraisse, said Sunday morning that Morocco was blocking relief teams ready to provide assistance to victims of the earthquake which left more than 2,000 dead in the country.
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“Normally, we would have wanted to take a plane that takes off in a minute from Orly. Unfortunately, we still have not had the agreement of the Moroccan government; in fact, the Moroccan government is completely blocking all the rescue teams currently, except one, that of Qatar, which was authorized, indeed, to land there,” declared Arnaud Fraisse at 6:20 a.m. on France Inter.
“The Qataris arrive with 87 people and 5 search dogs, and we do not understand this situation of blockage on the part of the government,” lamented the founder of the NGO, specializing in emergency interventions after earthquakes. .
“We will wait until tomorrow, I would say, and if tomorrow morning we do not have the green light, we will not leave, that’s clear,” he added.
Contacted by AFP at the end of the morning, Arnaud Fraisse confirmed that he had “not yet received authorization for intervention, but it seems that the situation is evolving since Tunisia is also authorized to intervene,” he said. .
Spain also announced on Sunday morning that it had received an official request for aid from Rabat to assist its neighbor.
More than 2,000 people, according to the latest official report from the Moroccan authorities, died in the earthquake which devastated areas southwest of Marrakech during the night from Friday to Saturday.
The International Red Cross warned on Saturday of the importance of Morocco’s future needs, with “24 to 48 critical hours” and needs for “months or even years”.