Algeria closes airspace to Moroccan aviation

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Algeria has closed its airspace to all Moroccan planes, the presidency announced on Wednesday, in the latest dispute between the two disagreements mainly over Western Sahara.

“The High Security Council has decided to immediately close its airspace to all civil and military planes as well as those registered in Morocco,” said a statement.

Algeria severed diplomatic relations with its Moroccan neighbor on August 24, accusing it of “hostile actions” after months of heightened tensions between the two North African countries.

The decision to close Algerian airspace was announced after a meeting of the High Security Council chaired by President Abdelmadjid Tebboune.

The presidency said the meeting examined the situation on Algeria’s border with Morocco and took into account “the continuation of provocations and hostile practices by Morocco”.

Algeria is the main foreign supporter of the Polisario Front, which has been fighting Morocco for decades for independence from Western Sahara.

Morocco considers the former Spanish colony to be an integral part of its territory.

The sparsely populated desert territory has significant phosphate resources and a long Atlantic coastline with access to rich fishing waters.

The normalization of Morocco’s relations with Israel last year in return for US recognition of Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara also angered Algiers.

(AFP)

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