Algeria’s suspension of its two-year flight ban to aid earthquake-stricken Morocco highlights Algiers’ steadfast commitment to supporting its Moroccan neighbors in times of need.
Algeria has announced the suspension of its two-year ban on flights to Morocco, allowing aircraft carrying vital humanitarian aid to pass through its airspace.
This decision comes in response to a devastating earthquake that struck with a magnitude of 7.2 in the southwestern mountainous region of Morocco, claiming the lives of at least 1,037 people, injuring more than 1,204 others, including 721 in critical condition, and causing extensive damage.
Algeria’s authorities have officially declared their willingness to open their airspace to flights carrying humanitarian aid and the injured from the earthquake. With this move, Algeria U-turns on its decision to close its airspace to all Moroccan aircraft in September 2021 when diplomatic ties were severed due to political disputes.
Despite historical rivalry, Algeria stands united with the people of Morocco in this time of crisis. The statement from the President’s office emphasizes that Algerian authorities are fully prepared to offer humanitarian assistance and mobilize all necessary resources in solidarity with the people of Morocco, should such assistance be requested.
In a prior statement, the Algerian Foreign Ministry expressed sincere condolences to the brotherly Moroccan nation for the earthquake’s victims, underscoring the spirit of unity and compassion during this challenging period.