UN calls for Algeria and Morocco to held stranded Syrians

The United Nations’ refugee agency on Tuesday urged Morocco and Algeria to provide safe passage to dozens of Syrian refugees trapped in no-man’s land between the two feuding countries.
“Prompt action by both governments is needed in facilitating the immediate and safe passage of the forty-one vulnerable Syrian refugees,” UNHCR said in a statement.
“We urge Algeria and Morocco to work with us on ending this dangerous and untenable situation for these stranded desperate Syrian refugees,” it added.
According to the refugee agency, the stranded group includes “children, babies and women – including at least one pregnant woman reportedly in need of urgent Caesarean section”.
UNHCR added taht the Syrian refugees have been “exposed to the elements and the serious threat of scorpions and snakes” since 17 April.
Initially, Morocco accused its neighbour of expelling the refugees to “sow trouble” and “generate an uncontrollable flow of migrants”.
Algeria “categorically” rejected the allegations as false.
The accusations sparked a diplomatic spat between the two countries, whose relations have generally remained tense over the Western Sahara territorial dispute.

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