The circumstances of the death of Addah Al-Bendir, leader of the independence movement gendarmerie, remain unclear.
On the evening of April 7 (Wednesday) to April 8 (Thursday), senior Saharan military officials told AFP that the head of the Polisario Front’s military police was attacked by a Moroccan drone in the disputed territory of Western Sahara. dead.
“The martyr Addah Al-Bendir, the commander of the National Gendarmerie, fell in the field of honor on Tuesday, where he performed a military mission in the Tifariti (Rouss Irni) liberated area.”Saudi Arabia is the northern part of the territory and is controlled by Polisario. The area earlier announced the Saharawi Ministry of Defense press release issued by the official SPS news agency, but did not provide further details. The agency removed the military statement from its scene that night without any explanation.
This military leader was born in 1956, joined Polisario in 1978 and was killed “Follow the drone attack”Then, speaking on condition of anonymity, he told AFP a senior Saharawi military official. “Addah Al-Bendir just participated in the attack on the wall in the Bir Lehlou area” The official explained that the dunes separated the two camps by more than a thousand kilometers and were located in Western Sahara. “A few hours later, about 100 kilometers from the location of the Moroccan attack, a drone killed the head of the military police in Tifaliti. He died in the liberated Saharan territory.”, He added.
However, the circumstances of the death are still unclear, and there are unconfirmed reports of a drone attack in the Touizgui area in southern Morocco. No information can be obtained from official sources in Rabat. It seems that this is the first time the Moroccan army has resorted to a deadly drone attack in this conflict, and has been in conflict with the Saharan independence movement for decades. Information about Morocco’s acquisition of drones has not been formally filtered.
As far as the FAR-Maroc Forum is concerned, this is an unofficial Moroccan Armed Forces Facebook page that claims “Several Main Elements” Polisario, including the leader of the military police, “It’s dead” After an operation by the Moroccan army “Suspicious activities of Polisario leaders in the buffer zone”. Currently, the leader of the independence movement, Brahim Ghali (Brahim Ghali) “Survived” In the Moroccan operation, this well-informed forum was added without further details.
Nearly 30 years after the ceasefire, after the Moroccan army deployed Moroccans in the buffer zone south of Western Sahara to disperse the separatists, hostilities between Polisario and Morocco resumed in mid-November because of separatism. The elements blocked the only trade route to West Africa because, according to them, this route was illegal.
According to the Ministry of Defence of the Saharan Arab Democratic Republic, the armed conflict between the Saharan People’s Liberation Army (ALPS) and Moroccan forces is the first in decades. ALPS claims to have been attacked daily “Aim at the position of the Moroccan occupying forces along the sand wall”As well as the loss of personnel and material in Morocco, it is impossible to verify the authenticity of independent sources.
Polisario, declared SADR in 1976, continued to demand the holding of a referendum planned by the United Nations during a ceasefire between the warring parties in 1991. Morocco controls about 80% of the vast desert territory. It was a Spanish colony and provided an autonomous plan under its sovereignty.