GUERGUERAT, 15 November 2020 – The pro-independence movement, Polisario Front, has accused Morocco of breaking a three-decade ceasefire in the Western Sahara.

Polisario said Moroccan forces violated the ceasefire in the buffer zone between their forces.

Morocco has downplayed the accusation, explaining that it intended to clear the road between Western Sahara and Mauritania.

Polisario supporters had been blocking the highway for weeks.

Sahrawi People’s Liberation Army – AFP PHOTO / Farouk Batiche

A former Spanish colony, Western Sahara was annexed by Morocco in 1975.

The indigenous people mobilized in opposition to the annexation under the Polisario Front which seeks recognition for a new African country to be known as the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).

The most remarkable achievement by Polisario to date has been recognition by a number of African countries, although some of those countries have been recanting on the recognition as they strike less than transparent deals with Morocco.

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