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Five dead in house collapse in Fes Medina

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Five people have died in the collapse of a house in the medina (old town) of Fes, Morocco, local media reported on Sunday.

The medina of the old city of Fes © Mena Today 

Five people have died in the collapse of a house in the medina (old town) of Fes, Morocco, local media reported on Sunday.

The three-story building, which is of old construction, partially collapsed on Saturday evening after heavy rains, according to sources. Three men and two women lost their lives in the incident.

The structure, located in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed medina, was not considered "dangerous or a threat to residents and the neighborhood," as reported by the Le360 news website.

Fes's medina, a popular destination for tourists, is one of the oldest and largest (280 hectares) in the world, and is considered one of the best-preserved in the Arab-Muslim world. Other dilapidated buildings have collapsed there in the past.

By Hassan Rimal 

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