Two misplaced jet-skiers shot lifeless by coastguard

The Algerian coastguard shot lifeless two vacationers who had been on vacation in neighbouring Morocco and reportedly received misplaced whereas using jet skis.

Bilal Kissi and Abdelali Merchouer had been amongst 4 French-Moroccan twin nationals who “got here underneath hearth” after setting off from the Moroccan resort of Saidia and “straying throughout Algeria’s maritime border”, stated The Times. A 3rd member of the group was arrested by the coastguard and appeared earlier than a prosecutor on Wednesday, stated Moroccan information web site Le360.

The taking pictures “sparked anger” in Morocco after a fisherman posted footage of a dull physique floating within the sea, stated the BBC.

Mohamed Kissi was the one one of many group to make it again to Morocco. “We knew we had been in Algeria as a result of a black Algerian dinghy got here in the direction of us,” he informed the AFP information company, and people on board “fired at us”, he added. “Thank God I wasn’t hit however they killed my brother and my buddy,” he stated.

He denied the group had tried to flee after they had been found by the coastguard, telling native media that his brother had tried speaking to officers earlier than he was shot.

Algeria and Morocco have a “lengthy historical past of stress, tied to Morocco’s claims to the disputed Western Sahara”, stated the BBC. “The border between them was closed in 1994, with Algiers severing ties two years in the past.”

Requested yesterday concerning the reported taking pictures of the jet-skiers, a Moroccan authorities spokesperson, Mustapha Baitas, declined to remark, saying solely that it was “a matter for the judiciary”. There was no remark from Algerian officers.

In the meantime, Kissi’s cousin, the actor Abdelkarim Kissi, has known as on authorities in Morocco to convey the case earlier than worldwide courts. “They killed Bilal Kissi my little cousin”, he wrote on social media, including that “his solely fault was crossing the Algerian territorial waters”.

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