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    Senegal-Mauritania border closure report denied

    APA-Nouakchott (Mauritania)

    A security source in Nouakchott has denied reports of a border closure between Mauritania and neghbouring Senegal.

    The source told APA on Thursday that no new measure has been introduced aside from the regulatory system of crossing the River Senegal.

    “The crossing of the river separating the two countries over more than 700 kilometers remains regulated by thirty well defined and well-known official crossing points,” the source said, pointing out that crossings outside these points are considered illegal.

    The source therefore rubbished recent reports by the Senegalese private press that Nouakchott closed its borders with Senegal,.

    He recalled that limiting the passage to fixed points between Nouakchott and Dakar is informed by security reasons against the backdrop of increased terrorist and criminal activities.

    The newspaper reported that canoes from Senegal were turned back on the account of acting on instructions from “high-ranking authorities”, without giving further details.

    Our source confirmed however that Mauritanian patrols seized, as a precaution, Senegalese equipment, including boats, used for illegal traffickings through unauthorized crossing points.


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