Rabat - A house collapse in Marrakesh killed two children and injured their aunt overnight in the second such tragedy in a week in Morocco, officials and a rights group said Saturday.
The boy and girl, aged 6 and 4, were visiting relatives in the Bab Taghzout district of the Old City when the family home collapsed, a statement from the local council said.
Their aunt was seriously injured, said the statement carried by the official MAP news agency, adding that an investigation had begun into the incident.
The Moroccan Association of Human Rights (AMDH), quoting official estimates, said that around 1,600 houses in the medina, or old city, of Marrakesh are at risk of collapse.
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AMDH Marrakesh head Omar Arbib confirmed to AFP that two children visiting relatives were killed and a woman was hurt, saying there were no other casualties.
It was the second deadly collapse in Morocco since August 5 when a four-storey building came down in economic capital Casablanca, killing four people and injuring 24.
Authorities have arrested the owner who had added three floors to the building which initially had just one.
Building collapses are common in many Arab countries and often blamed on shoddy construction materials or owners adding floors without permission.