Burkas, or “niqabs” as they are also known, cover the whole face leaving just a small gap for the eyes.
According to Moroccan news outlet LE360, an official from the government’s interior ministry said: “We have taken the step of completely banning the import, manufacture and marketing of this garment in all the cities and towns of the kingdom.”
And another outlet claimed that in commercial districts of Casablanca, the country’s economic capital, interior ministry officials carried out “awareness-raising campaigns with traders to inform them of this new decision.”
Burkas are only worn in minority communities in Morocco
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Rumours of the ban have prompted outrage from Morocco’s fundamentalist Salafist communities, who wear the niqab.
Salafist sheikh Hassan Kettani wrote on Facebook: “Is Morocco moving towards banning the niqab that Muslim women have worn for five centuries?”
He added: “If true it would be a disaster.”
But lawmaker Nouzha Skalli, a former family and social development minister, heralded the ban as “an important step in the fight against religious extremism”.