Algeria closes its airspace to all planes

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Algeria decided on Wednesday that the “immediate” closure of airspace for all Moroccan civilian and military aircraft, as well as for aircraft registered in Morocco, was announced by the Algerian Presidency.

“The High Security Council (HCS) has decided to immediately close the airspace to all civil and military aircraft as well as those registered in Morocco,” according to an official statement. This decision was announced after a meeting in HCS with President Abdelmadjid Tebboune and devoted to examining the situation at the border with Morocco.

Algae provokes “hostile methods” on Rabat’s part The decision to close the airspace was taken “in view of the continued provocations and hostile actions on the part of Morocco”, the statement said.

On August 24, Algeria severed diplomatic relations with Morocco after months of escalating tensions between the two rival Maghreb countries. The Algerian Foreign Minister, Ramtane Lamamra, then criticized Rabat for “never ceasing to carry out hostile acts against Algeria”. “The Moroccan security services and the propaganda for a vicious war against Algeria, its people and its leaders,” he accused.

Traditionally difficult, relations between Algeria and its Moroccan neighbor have experienced a deterioration in recent times, especially due to the thorny issue of Western Sahara.

Normalization of diplomatic relations between Morocco and Israel – in exchange for a US recognition of Moroccan “sovereignty” over this territory – further escalating tensions with Algeria, support for the Palestinian cause, which condemned “foreign maneuvers” aimed at destabilizing it.

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Diplomatic ties had been severed for the first time between the two countries when Rabat ended its relations with Algiers on March 7, 1976, which had recognized the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), self-proclaimed by the separatists from the Polisario Front.

(With AFP)

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