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Morocco: Boy, 5, rescued after spending four days trapped in deep well, pronounced dead

Update: The Moroccan royal palace says a 5-year-old boy who was trapped in a deep well for four days has died.

Moroccan King Mohammed VI expressed his condolences to the boy’s parents in a statement released by the palace.

The boy, Rayan, was pulled out Saturday night by rescuers after a lengthy operation that captivated global attention.

A five-year-old boy who spent four days trapped in a 32m (105ft) deep well has been rescued.

Footage from the scene in northern Morocco showed rescue workers emerging from a tunnel carrying the boy.

It is not known what condition he is in.

Rescue workers in northern Morocco had been digging around the clock to rescue the boy, named Rayan, after he fell down the well on Tuesday night.

Search crews used five bulldozers to dig a vertical hole parallel to the one he was in before moving horizontally to reach the trapped child.

Efforts had to be temporarily paused on Friday over concerns that the ground surrounding the well could collapse.

On social media, thousands have expressed sympathy for the boy, with the hashtag #SaveRayan trending on Twitter for hours across the country.

His mother, Wassima Kharchich, previously told local media: “I pray and beg God that he comes out of that well alive and safe.

“Please God, ease my pain and his, in that hole of dust.”

Initially, workers had been able to provide him with oxygen and water using a rope, but the narrow diameter of the hole caused problems.

Medical staff were on site from the start of the rescue, with a helicopter on standby to transport Rayan to the nearest hospital.

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