Jet skiers reportedly killed by Algerian coast guard after working out of gasoline

Two males jet snowboarding off the coast of Morocco have been shot useless by the Algerian coast guard after working out of gasoline and by chance straying throughout the maritime border, Moroccan media reported Thursday. A survivor of the incident, Mohamed Kissi, advised native media that he and three associates, a number of of whom have been French-Moroccan nationals, had been jet snowboarding round Saidia, near the Morocco-Algeria border.

“Round 5:30 p.m., we obtained misplaced. We have been working out of gasoline for the jet skis and have been drifting. In the dead of night, we discovered ourselves in Algerian waters,” he advised the Le360 news website on Thursday.

The Algerian coastal city of Marsa Ben M’Hidi, often called Port-Say through the French colonial interval, simply over the border from Morocco’s Saidia, close to the place the jet ski incident came about.

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An Algerian coast guard patrol approached the 4 jet skiers in an inflatable boat, Kissi stated, and spoke to his brother Bilal. He stated the 4 males thought they have been going to get assist, when all of a sudden the Algerian forces began capturing.

“They clearly noticed that we have been unarmed, my little brother spoke to them and but they fired,” he stated.

“Thank God I wasn’t hit,” Kissi advised Moroccan newspaper Al Omk. “However they killed my brother and my good friend.” 

Moroccan media recognized Bilal Kissi, 29, and Abdelali Mechouer, 40, as the 2 males killed. 

Kissi stated he swam towards his brother and Abelali, calling their names, to attempt to assist, earlier than turning to swim as quick as he may again towards Morocco, the place he was picked up by a Moroccan police patrol boat that was out on the lookout for the boys.

An unverified video posted on-line — reportedly by a Moroccan fisherman — confirmed a physique sporting a life-jacket floating face-up within the clear blue water.

Based on Moroccan media, the fourth member of the group, Smail Snabe, was shot and wounded within the incident and was being held in Algeria.

Authorities in Paris confirmed Friday {that a} French citizen was killed in Algeria, with out figuring out the sufferer. French officers additionally stated one other citizen was jailed in Algeria after “an incident involving a number of of our nationals.”

French tv channel BFMTV reported that the second man who was killed was Moroccan.

The Algerian coast guard didn’t reply to requests for remark from the AFP information company. A Moroccan authorities spokesperson refused Thursday to touch upon the incident.

A map reveals the northwest African nations’ Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts.


The border between the 2 international locations at Saidia is just a “thin jetty,” in response to Le360.

The border between the 2 international locations has been closed since 1994, and tense relations between Morocco and Algeria have been aggravated by a long-running feud over the disputed Western Sahara area.

In August 2021, Algeria severed diplomatic ties, accusing Morocco of “hostile acts,” which Moroccan leaders known as “utterly unjustified.”

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