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Minaret collapse prompts examination of old mosques

The tragic collapse of a centuries-old minaret in Morocco, which killed 41 people, has prompted an examination of other old mosques.

There has been public criticism of the apparent lack of maintenance of the minaret.

Following the urgent appraisal of old mosques ordered by King Mohammed, “the necessary measures will be taken”, the interior ministry said in a statement on Saturday.

Earlier, the king had ordered the reconstruction of the Meknes minaret “keeping to its original form.”

The government is investigating the cause of Friday’s collapse. Meknes is on Unesco’s world heritage list.

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