The Christian Post website reports today that a large, military-led team of Moroccan authorities raided a Bible study in a small city southeast of Marrakech last week, arresting 18 Moroccans and deporting a U.S. citizen.
About 60 officers from the Moroccan security services on February 4, 2010 raided the home of a Christian in Amizmiz, a picturesque city of 10,000 mainly Berber (a Muslim tribe) people 35 miles southeast of Marrakech. A church Bible study was in progress at the home with visitors from western and southern Morocco.
The Christian leaders said authorities iterrogated participants in the Bible study for 14 hours. The authorities filmed the interrogations with digital video cameras and cell phones.
A statement by the Interior Ministry of Morocco said that the raid took place "following information on the organization of a secret meeting to initiate people into Christianity, which would shake Muslims' faith and undermine the Kingdom's religious values."