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Morocco death toll rises as search continues for survivors under rubble of buildings that crumbled

The death toll in Morocco rose to more than 2,800 on Monday, just three days after the country’s deadliest earthquake sent people scouring through rubble from buildings hoping to find survivors.

The catastrophic and rare magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck the North African country late Friday night, with an epicenter near Ighil, a town in the Al Hauz Province.

Ighil is located nearly 44 miles south of the capital city of Marrakesh, and shock waves were felt as far away as Portugal and Algeria.

The quake hit Marrakesh hard, ruining several historical buildings in the city. The city’s Koutoubia Mosque, which dates back to the 12th century, was damaged to an unknown extent.

The ancient red walls that surround the Medina of Marrakesh – a UNESCO World Heritage site – were also damaged by the quake.

Andrea Vacchiano of Fox News Digital, as well as Reuters, contributed to this report.

Greg Wehner is a breaking news reporter for Fox News Digital.

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