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Morocco foils 75,184 illegal migration attempts to Europe in 2023

Rabat, Morocco Reuters Morocco stopped 75,184 people from illegally migrating to Europe in 2023, up six per cent compared to a year earlier, the interior ministry said on Tuesday.  The figures reflected “the resilience of border and coast surveillance apparatus,” the ministry said in response to Reuters emailed questions. A female migrant is led by […]

Morocco unearths Roman-era second century site in Rabat

A view shows what Moroccan archeologists said is a Roman-era archeological site that they uncovered in Rabat, Morocco on 3rd November, 2023.

Rabat, MoroccoReuters Moroccan archaeologists said on Friday they uncovered a Roman-era site in Rabat containing a port district, a bath and a cemetery dating back to the second century.  The archaeological site, now the third largest in Morocco, will offer insight into the lives of Roman settlers and romanised Moroccans or Mauro-Romans in that era, lead archaeologist […]

Israeli troops raid Gaza as Arab nations condemn bombardment

Israeli armoured vehicles take part in an operation, as the conflict between Israel and Hamas continues, at a location given as the northern Gaza Strip in this still image taken from handout video released on 26th October, 2023.

Gaza, JerusalemReuters Israeli forces carried out their biggest Gaza ground attack overnight in their 20-day-old war with Hamas as anger grew in the Arab world over Israel’s relentless bombardment of the besieged Palestinian territory. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had said Israeli troops were still preparing for a full ground invasion, while the US and other […]

Morocco earthquake affected 2.8 million people, says minister

An exterior view of a military aid camp for the people who were displaced following the deadly earthquake in Amizmiz, Morocco on 17th September, 2023

Rabat, MoroccoReuters Morocco’s earthquake damaged 2,930 villages in the High Atlas Mountains with a total population of 2.8 million people, the minister in charge of the budget said on Friday. The 6.8 magnitude earthquake that struck on 8th September killed more than 2,900 people, most of them in hard-to-reach mountainous areas.  An exterior view of […]

Moroccans in earthquake-hit tourist area grieve losses, fret about future

A view shows an empty swimming pool at the Kasbah La Dame Bija guesthouse, after tourists cancelled their reservations, according to the owner Abderrahim Bouchbouk, in the aftermath of a deadly earthquake, in Ouirgane, Morocco, on 13th September, 2023

Ouirgane Valley, Morocco Reuters The Kasbah La Dame Bija guesthouse in Morocco’s picturesque Ouirgane Valley escaped unscathed from an earthquake that devastated the area, but the owner’s bookings collapsed and he worries about whether the region can revive its tourist appeal. “The earthquake killed people and destroyed villages on which our tourism activity depends,” said […]

Isolated Morocco earthquake survivors feel forgotten by state as they await help

People affected by a deadly earthquake stand on a house, in the rural village of Azermoun, Morocco, on 14th September, 2023

Azermoun, Morocco Reuters Villagers in some of the most isolated areas hit by Morocco’s earthquake were still living in makeshift tents and relying on donkeys to bring vital supplies on Thursday as they waited for state aid to reach them nearly a week after the disaster. The 6.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the High Atlas […]

Morocco quake survivors pack donkeys with supplies to reach cut-off villages

A man packs bottles of water on his donkey after receiving donations, in the aftermath of a deadly earthquake, near Talat N'Yaaqoub, in Morocco, on 12th September, 2023.

Outside Agndiz, Morocco Reuters With many roads still blocked by landslides, some Moroccan villagers on Wednesday loaded donkeys with supplies to take to remote areas inaccessible by vehicle, as some earthquake survivors’ frustration mounted at the pace of official response. The 6.8 magnitude quake that struck the High Atlas Mountains late on Friday killed at […]

Morocco’s mud brick housing makes hunt for earthquake survivors harder

A person carries an item of furniture, in the aftermath of a deadly earthquake, in a hamlet on the outskirts of Talat N'Yaaqoub, Morocco, on 11th September, 2023

Amizmiz, Morocco Reuters Rescuers digging through the rubble after Morocco’s deadly earthquake warned on Monday that the traditional mud brick, stone and rough wood housing ubiquitous in the High Atlas mountains reduced the chances of finding survivors. “It’s difficult to pull people out alive because most of the walls and ceilings turned to earthen rubble […]

Morocco earthquake death toll passes 2,800, survivors camp outdoors

A woman carries a bottle, as she walks near rubble, in the aftermath of a deadly earthquake, in a hamlet on the outskirts of Talaat N'Yaaqoub, Morocco, on 11th September, 2023

Updated: 12:50pm (AEST)Talat N’Yaaqoub, MoroccoReuters Villagers in parts of Morocco devastated by the country’s biggest earthquake in over a century camped outside for a fourth night on Monday, as the death toll rose to more than 2,800 people. Search teams from Spain, Britain and Qatar joined Moroccan efforts to find survivors from the 6.8 magnitude […]