Relations between Algeria and Morocco remained strained after the cease-fire of 1963. Border clashes resumed in 1967. In January 1976, however, the Moroccans badly defeated two battalions of Algerian troops and took prisoners in clashes inside the Western Sahara. After that time, Algerian regulars did not venture into the Western Sahara despite Moroccan claims to the contrary. For their part, the Moroccans refrained from pursuing rebels onto Algerian territory.