Algeria closes airspaces to all Moroccan planes

Algeria’s President Abdelmadjid Tebboune has closed his country’s airspace to all Moroccan civil and military aircrafts. According to the presidency statement, this move follows continued provocations and hostile practices by the Moroccan Military, barely a month after the two countries cut diplomatic ties.

These came to pass after the president chaired a meeting of the High Security Council. To this effect, the move will affect 15 flights each week, linking Morocco with Tunisia,  and Turkey and Egypt.

The move was linked to comments from the Moroccan envoy to the United Nations, Omar Hilal, on Algeria’s Kabylie region, the ministry said after the envoy drew the region into the decades-old dispute over Western Sahara, which is claimed by Morocco as well as the Algeria-backed Polisario Front.

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