Rayan, 5, was pulled from the pit he fell into on Tuesday but did not survive

The rescue operations, very delicate because of the risk of landslides, have caused a wave of concern throughout the world.

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Tragic outcome, after four long days of worry. Rayan, a 5-year-old child, was rescued by Moroccan rescuers on Saturday February 5, but did not survive. “Following the tragic accident which claimed the life of the child Rayan Oram, His Majesty King Mohammed VI called the parents of the deceased, who died after falling into a well”, the royal cabinet reported in a statement.

The boy had fallen Tuesday afternoon into a narrow and deep well of 32 meters dug near the family residence in Ighrane, not far from the village of Bab Berred, in the province of Chefchaouen (extreme north of Morocco).

The rescue operations, very delicate because of the risk of landslides, had caused a wave of concern on social networks around the world, from the Maghreb to Iraq, Yemen, Canada or the United States, in all the languages. Rescuers had struggled in recent hours to get oxygen and water through tubes and bottles down to Rayan, unsure if he could use them.

The hand drilling of a horizontal tunnel of a few meters was progressing slowly in this deprived locality. The risk of landslide was indeed real on the rescue operation due to the nature of the ground at the site of the incident, some areas being rocky, others very sandy.

Thousands of people had flocked in recent days, some from afar, as a sign of solidarity. They camped there despite the freezing cold of this mountainous area of ​​the Rif, located at nearly 700 meters above sea level.

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