Taroudant - The organizers of a friendly match of volleyball that was to be played over the Moroccan-Algerian border have decided to postpone the event to November 29 due to a lack of permission from the authorities of both countries.
Taroudant – The organizers of a friendly match of volleyball that was to be played over the Moroccan-Algerian border have decided to postpone the event to November 29 due to a lack of permission from the authorities of both countries.
Initially scheduled for November 1, the volleyball game across the Morocco-Algeria international border, using the fence that separates the two states as a net, will reportedly take place on November 29.
Fadwa Amharech, one of the organizers of the event, said that the event is being postponed to November 29 because of “minor issues, which are purely administrative issues.”
Entitled “Volleyball Game over the Algeria-Morocco Border,” the event “aims to jump barriers and build bridges for harmonious dialogue,” the organizers said. So far, 3.7k FaceBook users have expressed their willingness to join the event.
Since 1994, the Algerian-Moroccan border has been closed, after the kingdom of Morocco accused Algeria of involvement in a bombing that occurred in Marrakech in 1994. Since then, Morocco has imposed a visa requirement on Algerian citizens, and Algeria has retaliated by closing the border with its western neighbor.
Morocco and Algeria’s diplomatic relations have become strained over the recent shooting by an Algerian sniper of a Moroccan civilian outside his home on the Moroccan side of the border.
Edited by Elisabeth Myers
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