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.
Another two teams are on the way in a joint effort of the Israel Defense Forces, Israel Ministry of Health and Magen David Adom nationwide emergency response network. The plan is to open a field hospital and assist in search and rescue.
The magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck shortly after 11 Friday night in central Marrakech and the surrounding communities. The quake forced locals to rush outside from their homes as many buildings crumbled around them.
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.