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Algeria closes airspace to Moroccan planes

Algeria broke off diplomatic ties with Morocco on August 24.

Algiers, Algeria | Xinhua | The Algerian presidency said Wednesday the country has closed its airspace to all Moroccan civil and military aircraft amid an escalating diplomatic row, the official APS news agency reported.

The decision was made after Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune chaired a meeting of the High Security Council on Wednesday, which dealt with the “developments at the borders with the Kingdom of Morocco,” APS quoted the Algerian presidency as saying in a statement.

The council decided to “immediately close” the Algerian airspace to “all Moroccan civilian and military aircrafts as well as those with Moroccan registration numbers,” according to APS.

Algeria cut diplomatic relations with Morocco in August citing what it described as the latter’s “hostile” policies.

Morocco later expressed regret over Algeria’s “completely unjustified” decision to sever diplomatic ties between the two countries.



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