Rabat switches from mines to drones to secure border with Algiers

The sand wall in Western Sahara.
The sand wall in Western Sahara. © Patrick Hertzog/Story & Brands
With diplomatic relations with Algeria suspended since August, Morocco has been going ahead with changes to the arrangements for protecting the very strategic border with its neighbour, in part by conducting large-scale mine-clearing operations in order to recover farmable land. The surveillance of this zone, beyond which the Polisario separatists are based, is increasingly being taken care of by drones and sensors. [...] (515 words)
Issue dated 30/09/2021 Reading time 3 minutes
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