August 12, 2010

Morocco closes 1,200 mosques

by Sara Levy

Over 1,200 mosques in Morocco are to be closed after they were deemed unsafe by government inspectors.

The Moroccan government ordered an investigation into the safety of all the country’s mosques following the collapse of a minaret that killed 41 people in February this year.

The minaret on a centuries old mosque in Meknes fell during Friday prayers.

Meknes is an ancient city and a UNESCO World Heritage site.

King Mohammed ordered all the country’s 48,000 mosques to be investigated following the collapse.

The religious affairs ministry has now inspected over 19,000 mosques, and has deemed that 1,256 must be closed.

More than 500 of these will be completely demolished and rebuilt.

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