Sidi Ramdane mosque stands in the old city of Algiers Al Casbah, Algeria December 3, 2015. Sidi Ramdane mosque is 10 centuries old, was restored after being threatened by collapse. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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Algerian authorities have detained over 200 Moroccans at Algiers airport and summoned the Moroccan envoy to explain an "unusual" increase in the number of Moroccans apparently trying to cross into Libya, airport and government officials said Sunday.The foreign ministry and sources at the airport did not confirm why the Moroccans had been held, but diplomatic relations between Algeria and Morocco are often strained over their regional influence and cooperation.Tunisia, sandwiched between Algeria and Libya, is building a security wall along its boundary with Libya in an attempt to halt the flow of extremist recruits crossing over.A security source at Algiers airport said 270 Moroccans had been arrested Saturday night.
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