A migrant camp caught fire for the third time since July.
Rabat – A fire broke out on Tuesday evening near the Oulad Ziane bus station in Casablanca, where a migrant camp stands. According to a person at the scene, firefighters responded an hour after the fire started.
A similar fire occurred a few months ago. The fire started in the migrants’ tents, destroying all their belongings. In July, a fire broke out in the camp when several gas tanks exploded, hours after another migrant camp in Fez caught fire. The majority of the migrants at the camp, several hundred, resettled on the same site after the first fire.
One eyewitness said, “In my opinion, the first time it was a Moroccan who did it. The second time, it was another Moroccan, and the third time—it’s not something we [sub-Saharan] Africans would have done.” Another one said such incidents can happen in all “slums.”
Most migrants at the camp hail from the West African countries of Guinea, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, and Niger. Since 2014, Morocco has regularized thousands of undocumented migrants residing in the coun