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Algeria announces that it has arrested three Moroccans on a jet-ski in its territorial waters


Highlights: Algerian coastguard intercepts jet-ski carrying three Moroccans. The trio had crossed the border from Morocco into Algeria. Two of the men were killed in a car crash in August. The third man was injured in a road accident on the way to the airport. The incident is being investigated by the Algerian coast guard. It is the latest in a series of incidents in which the coastguard has been called in to control the situation in the region, which has a long history of violence.

The arrest took place in the same area where two jet-ski holidaymakers were killed last August by gunfire attributed to Algerian coastguards.

Algeria announced on Wednesday (December 13th) that it had arrested three Moroccans who had entered its territorial waters on a jet-ski, in the same area where two holidaymakers were killed in August by gunfire attributed to Algerian coastguards. The three Moroccans were arrested on Monday morning by an Algerian coast guard patrol "after entering our territorial waters aboard a jet-ski, about 7 nautical miles off the beach of Marsa Ben Mhidi" bordering Morocco on the Mediterranean coast, the Algerian Defense Ministry said in a statement.

The jet-ski was intercepted "in an area that is experiencing intense activity of drug trafficking networks, organized crime and illegal migration," the ministry said, adding that an investigation was underway. On August 29, a 40-year-old Moroccan holidaymaker who lived in France and his French-Moroccan cousin were killed by Algerian coast guards, according to a survivor, while they got lost on jet skis in the same area.

'A refusal to comply'

The Algerian Ministry of Defence reported at the time that "shots were fired" after "an audible warning" from a coast guard unit as well as "warning shots" in the face of "a refusal to comply" by Moroccans on jet-skis that had crossed the Algerian maritime border.

Algiers broke off diplomatic relations with Rabat in August 2021, denouncing a series of "hostile acts" by its neighbour, particularly concerning the disputed territory of Western Sahara and normalisation with Israel.

Source: lefigaro

All news articles on 2023-12-13

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