Rabat – Morocco has denied widespread reports that Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan was gifted a private jet, slamming the allegations as “fake news from Algerian media.”
On July 10, Algerian news outlet Algeriepatriotique claimed that King Mohammed VI “has just offered his son, Crown Prince Moulay Hassan, a brand new Gulfstream G650 VIP jet.”
The publication was published under the title “Mohammed VI has his son protected by the Israelis.”
Quoting the Middle East Eye (MEE), the Algerian news outlet reported that Morocco ordered the jet in 2015. The source added that Israeli aerospace and defense company Elbit Systems has equipped the alleged gift. MEE also shared pictures of the said private jet.
The news, which was termed as “fake news,” was widely reported by some Moroccan news outlets, including Le Desk and Telquel.
In response, a military source condemned the fake news, emphasizing that the small jet was purchased by the Royal Armed Forces (FAR) for official trips of senior officials.
According to Moroccan newspaper Assabah, the same source added that Morocco received the new jet as part of its strategy to reinforce its air defense.
Assabah explained that the airplane, which was used by government members and senior officials, can no longer be used for domestic and international flights after 25 years of services.
The source also denied that the private jet is equipped with advanced military assets.
“The information leaked by some anti-Moroccan parties is part of a propaganda war, against Morocco’s strategy to reinforce its military equipment and the development of its efficiency,” added the unidentified source.
Slamming the allegations, the unidentified source added that Algeria “recruited an army of instigators, which includes five thousand people,” who share “negative comments on the kingdom and make up rumors and fake news about Morocco.”
The same source also accused Algeria of fabricating videos and sharing them to “undermine the security” of Morocco.
In recent months, Morocco has received several shipments of US-made weapons and tanks as part of agreements signed between Morocco and the US” in order to reinforce its military defense potential.
The North African country is also expected to receive a new delivery of US-made anti-ship missiles; including the AGM-158 JASSM, RGM and UGM, reported Defense Industry Daily earlier this month.