Algeria closed its airspace to Morocco, in a move that indicates a further deterioration in relations between the two countries.
The Algerian government announced that the decision includes all civil and military aircraft, and that it immediately entered into force.
Algeria accused Morocco of continuing provocations and hostile practices.
The Algerian-Moroccan relations have been tense for decades, particularly because of the Western Sahara issue. The border between the two neighboring countries has been closed since 1994.
Algeria supports the Polisario Front, which seeks independence for Western Sahara, which Morocco sees as part of it.
In July, Algeria recalled its ambassador to Morocco for consultations, after Morocco’s envoy to the United Nations, Omar Hilale, expressed his support for the self-determination of the Algerian Kabylie region.
About a month ago, Algeria decided to cut diplomatic relations with Morocco, accusing Rabat of carrying out “hostile acts”. Algeria accused terrorist groups of being behind huge forest fires in the country last month, and said that “one of these terrorist groups is backed by Morocco.”
Morocco denied at the time allegations of complicity in the deadly forest fires that broke out across the border between the two countries.