Algeria condemns what it calls an attack by Morocco on a convoy of trucks in the border area between Mauritania and disputed Western Sahara, saying it will jeopardize UN attempts to ease regional tensions.
Algeria has accused Morocco of “targeted killings” of three people, after press reports of a deadly attack by the kingdom on the edge of disputed Western Sahara.
Media linked to the Polisario independence movement reported on Sunday morning a Moroccan airstrike against trucks near the border between the desert territory and Mauritania, killing three people of unknown nationality.
The alleged killings could not be independently verified, and neither Morocco nor Mauritania commented.
“Algeria strongly condemns the targeted assassinations committed using sophisticated weapons of war (…) against civilians,” said a statement issued by the Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
There was no immediate reaction from Mauritania or Morocco.
Morocco considers the sparsely populated Western Sahara as part of its territories. The Polisario Front, supported by Algeria, wants to establish its own state there.
Rabat ignored a similar accusation in November, when Algeria said Morocco was targeting Algerian truckers in an area of eastern Western Sahara, where the Polisario said in 2020 it was resuming its “armed struggle”.
However, there is no evidence of serious fights. Morocco said it was committed to the UN-brokered ceasefire agreement but would respond to any attack on Western Sahara territories.
Relations between Algeria and Morocco have been bad for decades and the border between them has been closed since 1994.
Algeria severed ties with Morocco in August last year, accusing its neighbor of working with Israel to undermine its security, starting fires in the Kabylie region and supporting an independent group in the region of Amazigh language.
It then closed its airspace to all Moroccan planes and halted a gas pipeline contract that carries gas to Spain via Morocco.
Morocco called these accusations false and absurd.
Rabat says the best it can offer as a political solution to the Western Sahara conflict is autonomy within its sovereignty.
More recently, Spain and Israel have backed Morocco’s plan, joining the United States, Germany and other countries in the Arab world and Africa.
Source: TRTWorld and agencies