Makhzen returns to its old habits, al-Massar (Algeria), 19 October 2014

Makhzen

The Moroccan Foreign Ministry summoned the Algerian ambassador in Rabat in protest for an Algerian soldier firing along the shared border between the two countries at Moroccan citizens, leading to one injury. Algeria demanded “clarifications” on the issue of the incident, which it described as serious.

The Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation (Salaheddine Mezouar) announced the call for the Algerian ambassador to officially inform him of Morocco’s protest to the incident; however, the Algerian diplomat – according to the Moroccan online newspaper “Hibapress” – denied knowledge of the shooting incident and Mezouar communicated the kingdom’s protest against the incident in a recording, noting “the Moroccan government’s great displeasure and concern toward the serious incident.”

According to the Moroccan Foreign Ministry’s statement, a 28-year-old Moroccan was injured in his face following gunfire from a member of the Algerian army upon a dozen Moroccan civilians along the Morocco-Algeria border at Beni Khaled. The Moroccan citizen is in critical condition.

The statement said that the government “strongly protests” this “irresponsible and unjustified” action, which adds to other provocative practices along the border,” calling on Algeria to take responsibility and provide the necessary clarifications to the Moroccan authorities regarding the incident.


*Note: Makhzen refers to the Moroccan ruling elite, with the king at its centre


Translated by Kevin Moore.

Original article available here.

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