Western Sahara independence leader says fighting will continue along Morocco’s wall – Middle East Monitor

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The leader of the independence movement of Western Sahara, Barhim Ghali, pledged to continue fighting against Moroccan forces along the wall that separates the disputed desert territory under the control of Rabat and the Polisario Front supported by Algeria, and will do so until the international community offers an unfulfilled promise of self-determination for the Saharawi people.

Speaking yesterday on National Unity Day at Djla refugee camp, in the Algerian province of Tindouf, in the south, Ghali said: “There will be no peace, no stability, no just solution and no lasting the Moroccan-Sahrawi conflict unless the UN Security Council assumes its responsibilities by responding frankly and firmly to the aggressive and expansionist practices of the occupying Moroccan power.

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“The war is already raging on the ground. And its dangers and repercussions on the region cannot be avoided if the United Nations continues to manage the crisis instead of solving it,” he warned.

According to PA, at least eight Polisario Front fighters were killed in fighting or in retreat after leading offensives against Moroccan forces along the wall.

Ghali also spoke out against “countries, companies or others” doing business with Morocco in the disputed territory by supporting “an illegal, aggressive and expansionist operation, as well as the theft and looting of the wealth of an oppressed people. and defenseless “.

Earlier this month, it was reported that Israel and Morocco will sign an agreement to co-produce suicide drones. The Kingdom, which has been discussing a drone development project with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) since the start of the year, has also signed a cooperation agreement with Israel’s National Cyber ​​Directorate which will allow Rabat to buy “knowledge and technology” from Israeli companies.

According to the official UN map, Western Sahara is described as a disputed territory. A former Spanish colony, Western Sahara was annexed by Morocco and Mauritania in 1975. A year later, the Polisario Front proclaimed the Sahrawi Arab Republic democratic, with a government in exile based in Algeria. Although Mauritania withdrew its forces in 1979, Morocco refused to do the same and maintained that Western Sahara is an integral part of its Kingdom.

In return for the full resumption of diplomatic relations with Israel, the US Trump administration agreed to recognize Morocco’s territorial claims and supported its “autonomy plan” over Western Sahara.

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