View of the mouth of the Moulouya
|Native name||وادي ملوية|
|Main source||Jbel Ayachi
3,700 m (12,100 ft)
|River mouth||Mediterranean Sea near Saïdia
0 m (0 ft)
|Progression||Middle Atlas - Hassan II Dam - Mohamed V Dam - Mediterranean Sea|
|Length||520 km (320 mi)|
The Moulouya River (Wadi Muluya, Arabic: وادي ملوية) is a 520 km-long river in Morocco. Its sources are located in the Jbel Ayachi in the Middle Atlas. It empties into the Mediterranean Sea near Saïdia, in northeast Morocco at about .
The Romans called this river Malva. The Moulouya River formed the eastern border of the Rif Republic in the 1920s, a small part of Morocco containing important cities like Saïdia and Oujda lying to the east, between the Moulouya and the border with Algeria. Until 1956 the river also formed the eastern border of the Spanish Protectorate of Morocco.
In August 2011 fish were killed by pollutants in the Moulouya River and local residents feared for their crops and livestock.
- M. Peyron, « ‘Ayyachi, Jbel », Encyclopédie berbère, vol.8, Edisud 1990, p.1200-1204
- Magharebia - Ecological disaster mars Morocco's Moulouya River
- Media related to Moulouya River at Wikimedia Commons
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