Rabat - Morocco strongly condemned on Saturday the shooting of Moroccans citizens by elements of the Algerian army. The shooting, which took place at 12 pm local time (GMT+1), left one person seriously injured.
Rabat – Morocco strongly condemned on Saturday the shooting of Moroccans citizens by elements of the Algerian army. The shooting, which took place at 12 pm local time (GMT+1), left one person seriously injured.
In a press conference held on Saturday in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Salaheddine Mezouar, Minister of Foreign Affairs, expressed Morocco’s condemnation of this “unacceptable behavior.”
“This unprecedented attack is an escalation and comes as a culmination of a series of previous incidents by the Algerian authorities at the borders,” Mezouar Said.
The Moroccan Minister went on to say that incidents of this sort “affect the norms of good neighborliness, and are incompatible with the norms of humanitarian and international human rights in dealing with the management of borders between two neighbors that share historical ties.”
The Minister stressed that Morocco’s Foreign Ministry summoned the Algerian ambassador on Saturday to protest against this “unacceptable behavior.”
“The Government of the Kingdom of Morocco strongly protests against this direct and unacceptable attack on the life of Moroccan civilians by the Algerian army and denounces an irresponsible act that adds to other provocative actions recently recorded at the borders,” said a statement released by the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
This is the second time this year that the Algerian army opens fire at the borders between the two countries. Last February, Algerian soldiers opened fire at Morocco’s checkpoint of Ait Jormane, in the northeastern province of Figuig. But the shooting did not cause any casualties.
Following the incident, Morocco’s ambassador in Algeria contacted the Algerian competent authorities and demanded explanations over the circumstances of shootings.