Algeria to open 'humanitarian corridors' with Mali, Libya

Algeria closed down its border with Mali in April 2012 following the kidnap of Algerian diplomats in the northern Malian Gao region

Algeria to open 'humanitarian corridors' with Mali, Libya

World Bulletin/News Desk

Algerian authorities on Wednesday decided to open "humanitarian corridors" on borders with Mali and Libya to allow the crossing of humanitarian aid, patients and families who have relatives inside Algeria, an Algerian security source said.

"The Algerian government has decided to temporarily open a humanitarian corridor with Mali to ease the movement of persons and humanitarian aid across the border," the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Anadolu Agency.

On Wednesday, the governor of the southernmost Algerian Adrar province saw the crossing of a shipment of humanitarian aid into Mali.

The move comes two days after rebel movements in northern Mali pledged to abide by a ceasefire signed with the government in Bamako and to seek a peaceful settlement to the conflict in the country.

The Algerian source said his country would also open another humanitarian corridor with Libya within the next few weeks in order to alleviate the suffering of residents in the border area in Algeria's eastern neighbor.

He, however, added that Algeria would only allow Libyans into it for humanitarian reasons.

Algeria closed down its border with Mali in April 2012 following the kidnap of Algerian diplomats in the northern Malian Gao region. It also shut borders with Libya a few days ago on the background of deteriorating security conditions in the turbulent North African country.

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