The Royal Moroccan Army issued a press announcement on the 13th that the armed personnel of the Western Sahara People’s Liberation Front had fled the Ghergelat buffer zone on the border between Morocco and Mauritania.
The Moroccan army removed the roadblocks in the buffer zone and led to Mauritania. Has reopened.
Ghergelat is a small village at the southwestern end of Western Sahara, in the buffer zone between Morocco and Mauritania monitored by the UN peacekeeping force.
Earlier, the Moroccan government accused the People’s Liberation Front of Western Sahara of setting up roadblocks in this area, blocking the passage of trade and personnel exchanges between Morocco and Western Africa.
Western Sahara was once a Spanish colony. In 1975, Spain announced its withdrawal from Western Sahara and signed partition agreements with Morocco and Mauritania.
The People’s Liberation Front of Western Sahara, backed by Algeria, subsequently made territorial claims against Western Sahara. The three parties have repeatedly engaged in armed conflicts.
In 1979, Mauritania announced its abandonment of its territorial sovereignty over Western Sahara, and the armed conflict between Morocco and the People’s Liberation Front of Western Sahara continued until 1991. Morocco currently controls about three-quarters of Western Sahara.
According to another report, the People’s Liberation Front of Western Sahara accused Morocco on the same day of violating the ceasefire and igniting the war, and announced that the 30-year ceasefire has ended.