Morocco’s second surveillance satellite Mohammed VI-B got off the ground in November 2018.
On Sunday, Polisario’s “army” carried out a military maneuver in the restricted region.
The move will escalate tension between the front and Morocco. The United Nations is also expected to release a statement to express concerns over Polisario’s violation of the ceasefire agreement signed between the two parties in 1991.
In addition to the military maneuvers, Polisario’s self-styled President Ibrahim Ghali also inaugurated facilities east of Morocco’s defense wall.
The news agency of the self-proclaimed Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR)reported that Ghali chaired a ceremony on Monday to inaugurate an “administrative complex in the fourth military region” in Mehriz.
After reporting on the inauguration ceremony, the separatist news agency deleted the publication; the article’s page now reads “Unfound Page.”
The inauguration of the facilities is a blatant violation of UN resolutions which strongly warned against any action in buffer strips and the region east of Morocco’s defense wall.
The violations came two months after the adoption of Resolution 2440 which clearly calls on Polisario to adhere to its commitments to the UN with respect to all restricted regions in Western Sahara.
This is not the first time Moroccan military surveillance has detected Polisario’s provocative maneuvers in the region. In 2018, Morocco’s Mohammed VI-A satellite tracked Polisario’s movement and allegedly captured images of collusion between Polisario and Hezbollah. Morocco then cut diplomatic ties with Iran in May 2018.
Launched in 2017, the Mohammed VI-A satellite is capable of taking 500 images daily.