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In Morocco, rescuers are still digging to find little Rayan


A person in charge of the rescue operation, Abdelhadi Tamrani, quoted by the site of the public television 2M, said to have high hopes to extract the child alive.

But the hand drilling of a horizontal tunnel of a few meters is progressing at a brisk pace in the locality of Ighrane, a deprived region of northern Morocco.

And they encountered a major obstacle: a large rock with which the rescuers had to fight. According to local authorities, the teams came to the end of the rock in the morning using small electrical equipment to avoid cracks and landslides.

A man appears to be using a welder and is surrounded by sparks.

During the night, the rescuers had to battle with a large rock.

Photo: afp via getty images / Fadel Senna

The risk of landslide hangs over the last phase of the rescue operation due to the nature of the ground at the accident site, some areas being rocky, others very sandy.

In difficult conditions, rescuers worked non-stop through the night under powerful searchlights.

A team is ready to rescue the child as soon as he is released, local authorities said. A medical helicopter is on standby.

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Our hearts are with the family and we pray to God that he finds his loved ones as soon as possible.said government spokesman Mustapha Baitas, urging the crowd to let the rescuers work to save this child.

Sympathy and Solidarity

Thousands of sympathizers have come in recent days, some from afar, as a sign of solidarity, and are camping on the spot despite the freezing cold of this mountainous area of ​​the Rif, at an altitude of nearly 700 meters. Metal barriers have been in place since Friday to contain the crowd and prevent it from hampering the work of rescuers.

We are experiencing a real disaster in the region of Ighrane. We pray to God to be saved in order to bring happiness to all Moroccans, told AFP Othmane Azzouz, an onlooker at the scene of the tragedy. Rayan accidentally fell on Tuesday afternoon into a 32-meter dry well, narrow and difficult to access, dug near the family residence.

I hold out hope that my child will come out of this well aliveRayan’s father said on public television 2M on Friday evening. I thank all those mobilized and those who support us in Morocco and elsewhere.

The drama was triggered with the disappearance of the child on Tuesday afternoon. The whole family rallied to look for him until we learned that he had fallen into the well.told the local press the mother of the child, her eyes filled with tears.

Rayan’s fate has sparked tremendous sympathy and solidarity on social media around the world. The excitement around the accident remains so strong that the hashtag #sauvezrayan continued to prance on Saturday at the top of the main Twitter trends in Morocco.

This accident echoes a tragedy that occurred in early 2019 in Andalusia, Spain, where a two-year-old child died after falling into a well 25 centimeters in diameter and more than 100 meters deep. The body of little Julen had been found after 13 days of research on an exceptional scale.

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