Algeria has announced the closure of airspace for all types of Moroccan aircraft. This is the latest incident in the ongoing dispute between the two neighboring countries over Western Sahara. Qatar-based Al Jazeera quoted the Algerian president’s office as saying.

The announcement was made after a meeting of the High Security Council chaired by Algerian President Abdelmajid Tebboune on Wednesday, the report said.

A statement said the ban was effective immediately for Moroccan military and civilian aircraft.

The statement said that the decision was taken as a result of Morocco’s hostile behavior and provocative actions.

Morocco did not respond to a request for comment. However, a Royal Air Morocco source said the ban would affect Morocco’s 15 flights a week with Turkey, Tunisia and Egypt. Morocco will not be a problem. These flights can be easily sent to the destination via the Mediterranean.

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