“Tragic Shooting Incident: Two Tourists Fatally Shot by Algerian Coastguard While Jet Skiing in Moroccan Waters”
– Two tourists, part of a group of four French-Moroccan dual nationals, were shot dead by the Algerian coastguard after straying into Algerian waters on their jet skis from the Moroccan resort of Saidia.
– The shooting has caused anger in Morocco, with a video posted by a fisherman showing a lifeless body floating in the sea. The incident highlights the ongoing tensions between Algeria and Morocco, who have a disputed border and severed ties two years ago.
According to reports from AFP news agency, Mohamed Kissi was the only member of the group to make it back to Morocco, while his brother Bilal was killed. Kissi stated that the group had gotten lost and ran out of fuel, eventually finding themselves in Algeria. A black Algerian dinghy approached them and opened fire, killing Bilal and another friend. Another member of the group was arrested by the coastguard. The second man killed has been identified as Abdelali Merchouer.
The shooting has further strained the already tense relationship between Algeria and Morocco. The border between the two nations was closed in 1994 for security reasons after a terrorist attack in Marrakesh. Algeria has accused Morocco of hostile acts, which Rabat denies. The dispute over Western Sahara also contributes to the ongoing tensions.
No immediate comment has been received from Algeria regarding the incident. The Moroccan government spokesman declined to comment, stating that it is a matter for the judiciary. The shooting has sparked outrage in Morocco and highlights the need for resolution and improved communication between the two nations.