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Western Sahara Launches Attacks on Morocco, Ends 30-Year Truce

The leader of pro-independence group in Western Sahara declared the end of the 30-year truce with Morocco last Nov. 14, citing Morocco’s attacks on civilians and its recent border operations.

The leader of pro-independence group in Western Sahara declared the end of the 30-year truce with Morocco last Nov. 14, citing Morocco’s attacks on civilians and its recent border operations.

Polisario Front Leader Brahim Ghali said that the group is ending its commitment to the ceasefire agreement, claiming that Morocco violated the agreement last Nov. 13 by “attacking civilians peacefully protesting in front of the illegal Guerguerat breach, and opening three new breaches within the Moroccan military wall.”

Morocco said it launched the military operations due to the Polisario Front allegedly blocking access of people and goods to neighboring country Mauritania.

“Morocco remains firmly attached to the preservation of the ceasefire, noting that the operation carried out by the Royal Armed Forces aims precisely to consolidate the ceasefire by preventing the recurrence of such serious and inadmissible acts that violate the military agreement and threaten regional security and stability,” the Moroccan Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Polisario Front last Nov. 14 said that it launched attacks “against various hiding places of the Moroccan enemy along its positions in the occupied parts of the Sahrawi territory, causing loss of lives and equipments and disrupting its military plans.”

The Polisario Front has sought independence since Moroccans took control of Western Sahara in 1975. The UN has been organizing a self-determination referendum to settle if Western Sahara is an independent territory or part of Morocco. The referendum has yet to take place due to both sides failing to agree on who is permitted to vote.

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