Morocco has rejected reasons put forward by Algeria in its decision to sever diplomatic relations with its North African neighbour.

Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra announced his country’s decision on Tuesday to cut all ties with Morocco for "hostile acts".

Algiers accused its neighbour of providing support to members of the MAK separatist movement, which is fighting for self-determination in the Kabylie region of Algeria.

Morocco has also been accused of using Israeli technology to spy on journalists and foreign officials, including Algerian military and political leaders. The Moroccan government denies this.

KAN's Mark Weiss spoke with Dr Sarah Feuer, a Fellow at Tel Aviv university's Institute for National Security Studies and an expert on the Maghreb region, and asked her if the Algeria’s decision to cut ties came as a surprise.