Morocco using US and Israeli drones to attack Polisario Front in Western Sahara
A senior leader of the Polisario Front has announced that the Moroccan army has used US and Israeli drones to fight Polisario forces in the Western Sahara.
In an interview with an Algerian newspaper, Bashir Mustafa Seyed said a Polisario military commander was killed in a recent drone strike by Morocco.
He said the United States and Israel have provided Morocco with three types of drones that were paid for by the UAE.
The senior Polisario official warned Morocco that his forces will retaliate with full force and “open the gates of hell” against Rabat.
Polisario is a rebel movement of the Sahrawi people living in the western part of the Sahara Desert. Its aim is to end Moroccan presence in the Western Sahara.
Morocco has held Western Sahara since Spain quit it in 1975 and regards it as part of its territory.
Morocco repressing activists in Western Sahara after normalization with Israel
Activists in Western Sahara say they are facing a brutal crackdown by Morocco following the normalization deal between the North African nation and Israel.
The United States recognized Morocco’s sovereignty over the disputed Western Sahara — where pro-independence sentiments run high — as a gift following its normalization with Israel.
Activists sais in February that Washington’s decision on December 10, 2020, to recognize Morocco’s territorial claim to Western Sahara had emboldened Rabat to harass ordinary people and those critical of the move.
Following the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, and Sudan, Morocco became the fourth Arab country late last year to reach a normalization agreement with Israel, which was brokered by the administration of ex-US president Donald Trump during its final days in office.
As part of the contentious deal, Trump agreed to recognize Morocco’s authority in Western Sahara, which has been at the center of a decades-old territorial row between Morocco and the Polisario Front.