News of the Day: September 19, 2019

Moroccan Woman Dies at ‘Tarajal II’ Ceuta Crossing

By Kawtar Ennaji
A porter, also known as a human mule, died around five o’clock in the morning of September 18, while waiting on the Moroccan side of the Ceuta border. She was waiting to enter Ceuta through ‘Tarajal II’.

Thousands of Moroccan women cross Morocco-Ceuta border posts every day to sell their merchandise in Morocco and provide for themselves. Often, they carry up to 70 kilos and are forced to make several round trips during the day to be able to make a living.

They sometimes face inhumane treatment from Spanish authorities at the crossing points. In recent years, crossing to Ceuta has caused several stampedes among porters, leading to deaths and injuries.

Why this is Newsworthy: The Morocco/Spain border at Ceuta processes thousands of immigrants every day. The border is one of the most secure in the world, and this death highlights the plight many Moroccans have to go through to cross it. This is the first death of a Moroccan woman since 2017.


Europa Oil & Gas awarded new offshore Morocco exploration permit

By Josh White

UK and Ireland-focussed oil and gas exploration, development and production company Europa Oil & Gas Holdings has been awarded a new Exploration Permit – the Inezgane Offshore Permit – covering an area of 11,228 square kilometres in the Agadir Basin, offshore Morocco, it announced on Wednesday.

Europa said its focus in the Inezgane Permit was on the Lower Cretaceous fan sand play, which it described as a “prolific producer” in West Africa.

Why is this Newsworthy: This permit has the potential to produce 250 million barrels of oil over the next 2 years worth trillions of dollars. This represents Europa’s first permit with an African country, and their stock saw an uptick after the announcement.


Eighth body found after Morocco football match flood

Morocco authorities said Monday they had found the body of a person missing after a flood hit a football pitch, bringing to eight the number of people killed in last week’s tragedy.

Floods are common in Morocco. In late July, 15 people died in a landslide caused by flash floods on a road south of Marrakesh.

In 2014, floods killed around 50 people and caused considerable damage in the south of the country.

Why is this Newsworthy: This represents a development in an on-going story. The story made national headlines when tragedy struck the southern region of Taroudant.