Algiers is reviewing relations with Morocco after accusing Morocco and organizing deadly forest fires with “Zionist Links”.
Algeria accuses its recent Fatal fire It recently designated two groups as “terrorist” organizations and added that one of them was supported by Morocco and Israel.
The Algerian President’s Office said on Wednesday that the police had arrested 22 people because they had initiated FireAnd added that the ultimate responsibility lies with the Islamist Rashad group and MAK, which is an autonomous movement in the Kabyli region that mainly speaks Amazigh.
Algeria designated these two groups as terrorist organizations this year.
The President stated that MAK “received support and help from foreign parties, especially Morocco and Zionist entities,” referring to Israel.
The statement said: “Morocco continues to take hostile actions against Algeria, and it is necessary to re-examine the relations between the two countries.”
It also stated that “security controls on the western border will be strengthened” with Morocco. It did not clarify what the review will involve.
Neither the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Morocco nor Israel immediately commented on this allegation.
Algeria and its most populous neighbour, Morocco, have had poor relations for decades. Algiers supports the armed Polisario movement that seeks independence for Western Sahara, and Rabat regards this territory as its own.
Algeria does not recognize Israel and only refers to it as a Zionist entity in the official statement. Israel said this month that it will soon establish comprehensive diplomatic relations with Morocco.
This month, forest fires swept across North Africa, but were most violent in Algeria, causing damage and casualties in several provinces, especially Tizi Ouzou in the Kabili region east of the capital Algiers.
“The security services will continue their efforts to arrest other people involved…and all those belonging to these two terrorist organizations,” the president said after the high-level Security Council meeting.
According to confessions broadcast by Algerian TV, some suspects have confessed to being members of MAK.
Last month, Algeria recalled its ambassador to Rabat after a Moroccan diplomat based in New York called on the Kabili people to have the right to self-determination.
In a speech in July, King Mohammed VI of Morocco called for better relations with Algeria and the opening of long-closed borders.
Rabat offered to send people to help extinguish the fire, but Algeria did not respond publicly.