The Moroccan army has penetrated the demilitarized strip of the southern tip of the Sahara to break the traffic blockade imposed three weeks ago by a group of Sahrawi protesters from the Polisario Front, Moroccan diplomatic sources have confirmed to Efe this Friday.
A corridor made up of soldiers from the Royal Armed Forces (FAR) This will allow the passage of trucks and all types of vehicles in the five kilometers of strip that separates the Moroccan customs from the border with Mauritania. However, they will not proceed for the moment to evict the protesters because “civilians are not the target” and because it is “a peaceful operation”, the sources have specified.
The military – it is not known whether or not they will be armed. they will establish some kind of barrier between the road and the Sahrawi civilians that they try to get close to it, keeping these civilians at such a distance that they cannot interfere with road traffic as they have been doing.
So far, neither the Polisario Front nor the United Nations (which has a peacekeeping mission deployed in the territory, the Minurso) have commented on the Moroccan announcement.
Morocco “has given the necessary time” to the UN
The Moroccan Foreign Ministry has just published a statement in which it states that Morocco “has given all the necessary time” to the UN Secretary General and the Ministry to solve the blockade but its efforts “have been in vain and Morocco has decided to act (…) in full compliance with international legality.”
The demilitarized zone where Guerguerat is located is governed by a so-called “Military Agreement number 1”, annexed to the ceasefire agreement in force since 1991 and signed by Morocco and the Polisario, which prohibits the entry of military personnel, among other things. However, both Morocco and the Polisario are constantly accused of breaking this agreement with actions that violate the ceasefire