Algeria fingers Morocco of involvement in its deadly fires, to “review” relations

According to a statement from the Algerian presidency, Algeria has chosen to “review” its relations with Morocco, which has been accused of being engaged in the catastrophic fires that have ravaged the country’s north.

“The incessant hostile acts perpetrated by Morocco against Algeria, have necessitated the review of relations between the two countries and the intensification of security controls at the western borders,” said the statement, without further clarification.

This decision was made during an extraordinary meeting of the Algerian High Security Council, which was chaired by Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune and was devoted to assessing the situation following massive forest fires in the north of the country that killed at least 90 people. 

The majority of the fires, according to President Tebboune, were started by “criminals.”

Bunnaj gathered that Algerian officials accused a Paris-based Kabyle independence organization of being involved in the fires and in the lynching of a man wrongly accused of arson in the northeastern region of Kabylia, the region most affected by the fires.

They also named the Rashad movement, an Islamo-conservative group located in London.

These two movements, the bête noires of the Algerian government, are illegal in Algeria where they were labeled “terrorist organizations” on May 18. 

The majority of forest fires in Algeria are ‘under control,’ according to emergency services.


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