Algerian troops pose threat to Moroccan dates near Figig

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CAIRO — Security sources said Algerian forces have been crossing the border into Moroccan territory. They said Algerian units infiltrated the eastern border of Morocco several times over the last three months.

The sources said Algerian troops were raiding Moroccan orchards and stealing dates and other fruit. They said the latest infiltration, which has sparked an investigation by Rabat, was reported in the area of Figig around Sept. 10.

“These acts are becoming increasingly provocative,” a security source said.

Morocco has sought to coordinate with the Algerian military to prevent infiltration. The sources said Algeria, which has disputed Morocco’s control of most of Western Sahara, has rejected formal mechanisms for military or security coordination.

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