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Al-Hoceima
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Al-Hoceima

The 'burnt' beach of Al-Hoceima, Morocco.
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Al-Hoceima, Morocco.
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Al-Hoceima, Morocco.
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The "burned" beach
Peñon de Alhuceimas

Town in northern Morocco with 60,000 inhabitants (2005 estimate), on the Mediterranean Sea, at the foot of the Rif Mountains. By locals it is often just called Biya.
It is the capital of the Taza - Al-Hoceima - Taounate region with 1.8 million inhabitants (2005 estimate) and an area of 24,155 km².
The economy is based on construction, tourism, fishing and food-processing. Locals working in Europe have invested large sums in real-estate in Al-Hoceima, making construction one of the great activities here.
The town is poorly connected to other urban centres of Morocco, due to the difficult terrain. Chefchaouen is 215 km west, Tetouan 280 km west, Nador is 185 km east, Taza 175 km south and Fez 300 km southwest.
Al-Hoceima is a charming town, well-planned on a narrow strip of land before the mountain sides become too steep. Much of the town itself rests on a cliff protruding out into the ocean. From the Spanish era, there are just a few remaining examples of Spanish architecture.
Locals of the region, and most in the town, are Berbers of the Bucoya tribe, speaking Tamazight, a Berber language.

History
1926: Founded by the Spanish, named Villa Sanjurjo.
2004 February 24: Earthquake kills 572 people in and around Al-Hoceima. Poor governmental aid results in riots from local Rif Berbers.




By Tore Kjeilen