Al Masah: “This is not science fiction”
The following text is a translation of the newspaper article from Arab to German and subsequently into English, the native Arab speaker may forgive eventual inaccuratenesses.
“Al Masah” (The Evening”) of December 28, 2008
An alien object penetrated the skies over Marrakech, collided with a mountain and caused the earth to tremble. Residents of the area are convinced a cosmic body fell to earth but an amateur astronomer rejects this.
By Malut Aschallah
In the vicinity of Marrakech a ball of fire was seen crossing the night sky over the communities of Ait Ourir and Tahnaout in a horizontal trajectory before the body subsequently collided with a mountain. The event caused an explosion and seismic shock waves which shook the ground.
This scenery was not part of a science fiction film, in fact this happened in reality last Saturday night. The inhabitants who witnessed the spectacle were fearing for their lives. According to consistent reports, both from Ait Ourir and Tahnaout, at 23:37 [local time] the eye witnesses saw a white light moving through the skies which finally hit a mountain between the two communities of Tahnaout and Ukaimiden. According to the same sources, at the moment the object fell on the mountain a sound similar to thunder was heard and the ground was felt slightly shaking.
An eye witness on night duty in Ait Ourir describes the alien object as a “crashing airplane” and adds that he heard its sound when the object passed over his head. This source also said that the event lasted three minutes until the body descended beyond his sight towards Tahnaout.
An eye witness from Tahnaout described the body as a fire breathing ball similar to a meteorite. According to this person, roofs of houses and olive trees were illuminated in the area of Tahnaout which caused terror and fear among the inhabitants who feared a catastrophe coming upon them. This was particularly true as they heard the explosions and as they felt the earth shaking in the moment of the impact.
No source or eye witness was able to name exactly where the object had crashed, nor if the object crashing at the mountain poses a threat to area. No fire or smoke was seen after the crash and there is no official source confirming or denying the incident.
The president of the amateur astronomers of Morocco, Abdelhamid Touma, rejected the idea that part of on asteroid fell on earth. In his conversation with “Al Masah” (The Evening”) he explained that instead friction of a meteroid entering the earth’s atmosphere was responsible for the incident. He also rejects the idea that the event was caused by a foreign spy drone, an unmanned recon airplane crashing or an alien UFO from another planet.