Morocco: French tourist dies after being bitten by stray dogs

Morocco: French tourist dies after being bitten by stray dogs

A French tourist in her 40s was violently attacked by a pack of stray dogs in Morocco on Tuesday 16 August. She succumbed to her injuries.

A drama of rare violence. On Tuesday, a French tourist died of her injuries after being bitten by stray dogs at a seaside resort in western Sahara in southern Morocco, local authorities said on Wednesday.

An open investigation

The 44-year-old victim, whose identity has not been released, was attacked by a pack of stray dogs as she walked away from her hotel in the town of El Argoub, the same sources have said.

According to initial reports, the Frenchman had arrived on Tuesday in El Argoub, a seaside resort known for kitesurfing on the edge of the Atlantic, 70 km from Dakhla, the capital of Oued Eddahab province, a region of Western Sahara under Moroccan control.

The gendarmerie, under the supervision of the prosecutor’s office, has opened an investigation to clarify the circumstances of this incident, local authorities added.

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The proliferation of stray dogs is a real scourge in the Maghreb. The Moroccan state signed an agreement with partners in 2019 “to spay, vaccinate and identify stray dogs”.