Between 17- 18th April, 54 Syrian refugees entered the Moroccan area of Figuig on the Moroccan-Algerian border. The Moroccan government has said that the refugees were transferred by the Algerian authorities to the border and forced them to enter the country in order to create problems.
The Algerian Authorities responded saying that the Moroccan statements were lies that only aim to cause harm to Algeria. A statement by the Algerian Foreign Office said that specialist authorities in the country had noted the attempt made by the Moroccan authorities to expel 42 people including women and children- believed to be Syrian refugees- in the border area of Bashare on 19th April last year, transporting them in an official vehicle so as to enter Algeria illegally.
Despite the authorities and locals of Figuig offering some assistance to the refugees, they remain stuck on the border. The Moroccan authorities have not offered them any place of residence.
According to Moroccan authorities, 5000 Syrian refugees are in Morocco, some of whom have been given a refugee status. This is whilst Algeria claims that it hosts 40,000 Syrians in its country.