Rabat - Members of the Polisario Front intercepted a vehicle carrying group of Moroccan football fans from crossing the Mauritanian-Moroccan border on Saturday, according to Moroccan newspaper Assabah.
Rabat – Members of the Polisario Front intercepted a vehicle carrying group of Moroccan football fans from crossing the Mauritanian-Moroccan border on Saturday, according to Moroccan newspaper Assabah.
The fans had been in Mauritania’s Nouadhibou to cheer on their football club, Raja of Casablanca, which played its match against a local Mauritanian team as part of the ongoing African Football Confederation Cup.
The newspaper added that the car of five supporters was blocked and encircled by a 4×4 car bearing the emblem of the Polisario Front-Proclaimed Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).
The separatist group stripped the supporters of all of their belongings and allowed them to leave through the Guerguerat buffer zone.
This is not the first time Polisario has carried out such provocative actions. Earlier this month, armed groups of the Polisario conducted a series of armed operations in Guerguerat in an attempt to escalate tensions in the region. The Polisario also threatened to prevent auto racing participants, including participants in the Africa Eco Race, from crossing the Moroccan-Mauritanian border.
In response to Polisario’s illegal actions, Morocco called on the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) to denounce the provocations, asking the Mission to put an end to Polisario incursions into Guerguerat.
Subsequently, MINURSO supervised the passage of the competition participants who successfully crossed the Moroccan-Mauritanian border in Guerguerat on January 8.