Spain removes Moroccan troops from Perejil

Wednesday 17 July 2002 09.52
Spain removes Moroccan troops from Perejil

Spain has said it has forcibly removed Moroccan troops who set up an observation post last week on a disputed island off Morocco's Mediterranean coast.

About a dozen Moroccan soldiers were on the island of Perejil.

The Spanish government said in a statement the operation to remove the Moroccans had been carried out without any injuries to either side.

It said it had informed its allies of the move.