Algeria Condemns Moroccan Statement on Kabyle People's Right to Self-determination

Algerian woman carrying the national flag during protests (AFP)
Algerian woman carrying the national flag during protests (AFP)
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Algeria Condemns Moroccan Statement on Kabyle People's Right to Self-determination

Algerian woman carrying the national flag during protests (AFP)
Algerian woman carrying the national flag during protests (AFP)

Algeria strongly denounced the statement of the permanent Moroccan representative to the UN, in which he declared the support for the "Kabyle people's right to self-determination."

Morocco's Permanent Representative to the UN said the Kabyle people have the right to self-determination, describing them as "one of the oldest peoples in Africa, who are under the longest foreign occupation."

In response, the Foreign Ministry said it has the right to receive clarification of the final position of the Kingdom of Morocco regarding this extremely dangerous incident.

The ambassador added that "the Kabyle people deserve to enjoy their right to self-determination fully."

The Ministry announced that the Moroccan diplomatic representation in New York handed an official memorandum to all member states of the Non-Aligned Movement, the content of which is "officially devoted to demonstrating the Kingdom of Morocco's involvement in an anti-Algeria campaign."

It denounced the public and explicit support for the right of alleged self-determination of the Kabyle people who, according to the memorandum, "suffered the longest state of foreign occupation."

Earlier, during a virtual meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement in Azerbaijan, the Algerian Foreign Minister, Ramtane Lamamra, discussed the Sahara conflict.

The statement considered this memorandum to be a "recognition of the multifaceted Moroccan support currently provided to a well-known terrorist group," referring to the separatist Movement for the Self-Determination of Kabylia (MAK), which Algeria recently designated as a terrorist group, along with the Rachad Movement.

Algeria described the Moroccan diplomatic statement as: "Reckless, irresponsible and manipulative."

It stressed that it is "part of a short-sighted, reductive and futile attempt aimed at creating a shameful confusion between the issue of decolonization recognized as such by the international community and what is a mere conspiracy plotted against the unity of the Algerian nation."

The Moroccan statement directly contradicts the "principles and agreements that structure and inspire Algeria-Morocco relations, in addition to flagrantly contradicting international law and the constitutive law of the African Union," according to Algeria.

The Foreign Ministry's statement concluded by saying that in light of this situation arising from a dubious diplomatic act carried out by an ambassador, Algeria, which is a sovereign and indivisible republic, has the right to receive clarification of the final position of Morocco regarding this extremely dangerous incident.

The National Liberation Front issued a statement noting that the Moroccan memo "requires broad and urgent national action to deter any attempt to undermine Algeria's unity and territorial integrity."

It called on parties and associations to enhance national cohesion and support state institutions in these challenging circumstances.

For its part, the Democratic National Rally, a government member, denounced such a plan to undermine Algeria's stability, saying it officially involved Morocco in a campaign hostile to the nation.

The Islamic National Construction Movement described the Moroccan memo as "a declaration of war against every Algerian," calling for a quick and equal response from the state and its sovereign institutions.

The movement indicated that the situation requires immediate support and unity of all institutions and parties, putting all political differences aside.



Israel Strikes Gaza, Yemen, Lebanon Foes after Attacks

Smoke rises from a building hit by an Israeli strike in Nuseirat in the central Gaza Strip on July 20, 2024, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas. (Photo by Eyad BABA / AFP)
Smoke rises from a building hit by an Israeli strike in Nuseirat in the central Gaza Strip on July 20, 2024, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas. (Photo by Eyad BABA / AFP)
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Israel Strikes Gaza, Yemen, Lebanon Foes after Attacks

Smoke rises from a building hit by an Israeli strike in Nuseirat in the central Gaza Strip on July 20, 2024, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas. (Photo by Eyad BABA / AFP)
Smoke rises from a building hit by an Israeli strike in Nuseirat in the central Gaza Strip on July 20, 2024, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas. (Photo by Eyad BABA / AFP)

The Middle East was reeling Sunday from deadly violence with Israel bombing Gaza, Lebanon and Yemen in quick succession in response to attacks from Iran-backed militant groups.
Despite Washington's top diplomat asserting a deal is near the "goal line" to end more than nine months of devastating war between Israel and Gaza rulers Hamas, the Israeli military said it intercepted a missile fired from Yemen, as it pressed on with its offensive in the besieged Palestinian territory, Agence France Presse reported.
Dozens have been killed since Saturday across the Gaza Strip, the civil defense agency said, including in strikes on homes in the central Nuseirat and Bureij areas and displaced people near southern Khan Yunis.
Residents said a major operation was underway in the district of Rafah in the south, reporting heavy artillery and clashes.
The deadly strikes in Gaza came hours after Hezbollah and its ally Hamas said they fired at Israeli positions from south Lebanon, while Yemen's Houthi group vowed to respond to Israeli warplanes hitting a key port.
The fire left raging by the strikes on Hodeida port "is seen across the Middle East and the significance is clear," Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said.
Detailing the first strikes claimed by Israel in Yemen, Gallant warned of further operations if the Houthis "dare to attack us" after a Houthi drone strike killed one in Tel Aviv on Friday.
In Hodeida three people were killed and 87 wounded, health officials said in a statement carried by Houthi media.
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The trio of militant groups has vowed to keep up attacks on Israel until a truce ends the violence in Gaza, which lies in ruins, with most residents forced to flee their homes.
The Gaza war was triggered by Hamas's October 7 attack on southern Israel, which resulted in the deaths of 1,195 people, mostly civilians, according to an AFP tally based on Israeli figures.
The militants also seized 251 hostages, 116 of whom are still in Gaza, including 42 the Israeli military says are dead.
Israel's military retaliation to wipe out Hamas has killed at least 38,919 people, also mostly civilians, according to data from the health ministry in Hamas-ruled Gaza.
The war has also unleashed hunger and health crises in Gaza, with Israel and the United Nations trading blame for vital aid supplies failing to reach those in need.
After the detection of poliovirus in Gaza sewage, though no individual cases, the World Health Organization said there were "monumental" constraints to mounting a timely response.
WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier said Friday the agency believes many more diseases are "spreading out of control" inside Gaza.
The premier is due to address US lawmakers Wednesday in Washington, where he will be under pressure to reach a ceasefire with Hamas.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Friday a truce was within reach.
"I believe we're... driving toward the goal line in getting an agreement that would produce a ceasefire, get the hostages home, and put us on a better track to trying to build lasting peace and stability," he said.