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Earthquake in Morocco kills over 800 people

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A powerful earthquake struck central Morocco Friday night, killing at least 820 people.

More than 670 people also have been injured in the tremor, the Moroccan Interior Ministry said on Saturday.

The quake seriously damaged buildings, according to local media, including in the major city of Marrakech, where people spent the night outside for safety reasons.

A mosque minaret toppled in Jemaa al-Fna Square, the heart of Marrakech’s old city, Reuters reported. 

Heads of governments from all over the world were quick to express solidarity and offer help to Morocco. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, who is in India for a G20 summit, said her “heart” was with the Moroccan people.

Marrakech, whose old city is a UNESCO World Heritage site, is due to host the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank in early October.

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