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Shooting along Morocco-Algeria border raises tensions

(29 October 2014)

Moroccan authorities accused an Algerian soldier of wounding a civilian during a shooting incident along the Moroccan-Algerian border on 19 October 2014. The statement by the Moroccan government alleged that the Algerian soldier shot a dozen civilians near the city of Oujda, severely wounding a 28-year old.

The Algerian ministry, on the other hand, denied the allegations, stating that Algerian border guards had fired warning shots during an altercation with Moroccan smugglers. Algeria issued a diplomatic complaint regarding the "recurrent accusations" with Morocco’s charge d'affaires, the current top diplomat acting for Rabat.

The border between Morocco and Algeria has been closed since 1994 relating to disputes over Western Sahara, which was occupied by Morocco in 1975 but is claimed by the Polisario Front allegedly supported by Algeria. Recently, relations between the countries have been tense due to a 2013 attack on the Algerian embassy in Casablanca (Morocco). In 2014, Morocco accused Algeria of deporting Syrian refugees to the border between Morocco and Algeria. Algeria has denied deporting refugees. 

Sources:

Algeria-Morocco tensions flare over border shooting, 19 October 2014, Yahoo News, http://news.yahoo.com/algeria-morocco-tensions-flare-over-border-shooting-165701697.html

Morocco summons Algeria ambassador over border shooting, 19 October 2014, Middle East Monitor, https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/news/africa/14742-morocco-summons-algeria-ambassador-over-border-shooting