Algeria (AFP) – 11/02/2022. 21:55
Polisario is waging a progressive war of attrition against the Moroccan army
- Moroccan news websites said that the army launched strikes targeting “armed elements of the Polisario.”
- The Polisario says it is in a “legitimate state of war in self-defence.”
front announced Polisario Friday 12 Moroccan soldiers were killed in February in various attacks in the disputed territory of Western Sahara.
The front’s representative in Algeria, Abdelkader Taleb Omar, told AFP that “12 soldiers were killed in the outcome of the February attacks,” stressing that “all information is documented.”
The official in the Sahrawi Front added that “there are human and material losses” in the ranks of the Moroccan army, and that the Polisario forces “are waging an escalating war of attrition.”
It was not possible to independently confirm the killing of the Moroccan soldiers, and the Moroccan authorities generally refrain from responding to the MILF’s allegations.
However, Moroccan news websites quoted security sources as saying that the Moroccan army had recently launched drone strikes targeting “armed elements of the hostile forces”, which could not be officially confirmed.
This week, the Sahara Press Agency published the results of the operations carried out by the Algerian-backed front between February 1 and 8.
Along the berm separating the two sides of the conflict, it included a list of the names and ranks of 12 Moroccan soldiers who were said to have been killed during the attacks.
Western Sahara is a former Spanish colony that the United Nations considers a “non-self-governing region” and is the site of a decades-old conflict between Morocco and the Algerian-backed Polisario Front.
Morocco controls more than two-thirds of the region, and proposes granting it autonomy under its sovereignty, while the Polisario Front calls for a referendum for self-determination under the auspices of the United Nations,
It was enacted with the 1991 ceasefire agreement, but it was not regulated.
And in mid-November 2020, the ceasefire collapsed after 29 years, after Moroccan forces deployed in the far south of the territory to expel Polisario activists.
They were blocking the only road to Mauritania, which they consider illegal because it did not exist when the 1991 agreement was concluded.
The front says it is in a “legitimate state of war in self-defense” and publishes daily reports on its operations.
Abdelkader Talib Omar stressed that “the war will continue,” although Morocco “denies that there is a war.”
The UN envoy for Western Sahara, Staffan de Mistura, toured the region in January
In an attempt to revive the political process with the aim of resolving the conflict after it reached a dead end.