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El Salvador Defense minister René Merino Monroy losses son in a military mission

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The son of the Minister of Defense of El Salvador died in a military mission.

The Armed Forces of El Salvador reported this Thursday that the three soldiers who disappeared in an air accident during a military mission had located the body including Antonio Merino Marroquín, son of Defense Minister René Merino Monroy.

After deployment of means, which included three helicopters and two motorboats, the authorities now conclude the rescue work after having located the three bodies inside the aircraft in North Pacific waters.

The accident occurred during a mission within the framework of the piloting learning period of Antonio Merino Marroquín, who had been entrusted with the search for a missing fishing boat, according to the newspaper ‘La Prensa Gráfica’.

For his part, the President of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, confirmed the news and indicated that the Defense Minister is personally directing the operation “despite his pain.”

“God, give strength to the families of our heroes,” Bukele added in a message on Twitter in which he added a statement from the Presidency of the country in which tribute is paid to the three deceased soldiers.

In the same terms, Gustavo Villatoro, the person in charge of the Justice and Public Security portfolio, expressed his condolences to the families and, especially, to Merino Monroy.

Similarly, the Charge d’Affaires of the United States Embassy in El Salvador, Brendan O’Brien, offered his condolences “on behalf of the United States” to the Minister of Defense and the rest of the family.

Bukele also announced that El Salvador will “give up its place” in the supply chain of vaccines against covid-19 of the Covax mechanism of the World Health Organization (WHO).

“We will give our place to other countries. Thank God, we have more than enough (vaccine doses) and there are other countries that need them ” , the Salvadoran president published on his Twitter.

For its part, the Presidential House pointed out that “the vaccination process in our country advanced so quickly that it allows us to heed the call of the World Health Organization and give up our place in the COVAX mechanism.”

He added that “we join Switzerland in solidarity with countries with less access to vaccines against COVID19.”

According to government figures, El Salvador exceeded 70% of its vaccination goal against covid-19 and has more than 13.3 million doses.

According to official data, the Health Person of the Central American country has applied 9,179,875 million vaccines, of which 4,418,275 million correspond to first doses, 4,052,305 million to second doses and 691,542 to third doses.

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