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The two Moroccans killed in the Ethiopian Airlines crash were attending an UN panel

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The Ethiopian Airlines crash./Ph. DR

Two Moroccan nationals died in the terrible Ethiopian Airlines crash, that took the lives of 157 people Sunday morning, reports Ethiopian press agency ENA.

The two victims are Moroccan officials who were traveling to Nairobi to attend a major environmental conference backed by the UN, reports French-language newspaper Le360. One of them is Ahmed Ben Chihabe, 60, a senior member of the Department of Environment who held a position in the Draa-Tafilalet region, the same source said.

The second victim is El Hassan Essayouti, 63, a professor at the Hassan II University in Casablanca, who is specialized in nuclear physics, reports Lakome 2.

Moroccan Prime Minister Saadeddine El Othmani tweeted, Sunday, presenting his condolences to the families and friends of the deceased.

According to Bloomberg, 19 officials from the United Nations were on the Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed Sunday. Most of these officials were expected to attend the environmental conference in Nairobi, Kenya.

«The World Food Program, the UN Refugee Agency and the Food and Agriculture Organization were among UN agencies reporting personnel losses», said the American magazine.

For the record, the Ethiopian Airlines plane flight crashed 6 minutes after take-off from Addis Ababa near Bishoftu, located 60 km away from the capital, wrote ENA quoting the Prime Minister’s office.

According to the Kenyan press agency, two emergency centers were set up at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi to assist the friends and families of the passengers who died in the crash, said Secretary of Transport (Secretary) James Macharia.

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