A Sahrawi teenager was killed in a Moroccan drone attack in Western Sahara

A 15-year-old Sahrawi minor died and several other people were injured in an attack by a Moroccan military drone in Aguinit, a part of Western Sahara controlled by the Polisario Front, according to Sahrawi media.

Equipe Media reported on this attack and denounced the use of military drones against the Saharawi civilian population through Morocco. “Morocco continues to commit war crimes with impunity,” stressed the Sahrawi media.

According to the information network Polisario News, quoted by the Algerian state news agency APS, “the Moroccan occupation army attacked a civil Sahrawi car with a drone, killing the Sahrawi child Elben Uld Ahmine under 15 and seriously injuring the driver.”

A Sahrawi teenager was killed in a Moroccan drone attack in Western Sahara
A Sahrawi teenager was killed in a Moroccan drone attack in Western Sahara

The former Spanish colony of Western Sahara was occupied by Morocco in 1975 despite resistance from the Polisario Front. The 1991 ceasefire was signed with a view to holding a self-determination referendum, but differences over the preparation of the census and the involvement of Moroccan settlers have so far prevented its convocation.

The Polisario ended the ceasefire in November 2020 after a Moroccan military intervention against the Sahrawi presence in the Guerguerat Pass on the border with Mauritania. Rabat regards the area between the post and the border with Mauritania as “no man’s land”, while the Polisario Front regards it as separate territory and therefore refers to Morocco in order to break the ceasefire.

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