The UN mission in Western Sahara also known as MINURSO has been present in the region for 27 years now.
The head of MINURSO Colin Stewart allegedly addressed a message to Antonio Guterres after a Polisario member incited violence against members of the UN mission after a Sahrawi burned himself in the buffer zone of Guerguerat.
After the incident, a member of the Polisario Front wrote a Facebook post, inciting Sahrawis to burn MINURSO vehicles instead of burning themselves.
“Before thinking about harming yourself; take gas and sprinkle it in MINURSO’s vehicles.”
He also accused MINURSO of not being able to “protect Sahrawi human rights.”
Stewart then called on the members of the mission to stay alert to the threats received from the Polisario member.
The MINURSO president also instructed his staff to be careful in the headquarters or the buffer zone. He also warned them to exercise caution while driving with windows open. He told the staff to return the cars to the headquarters at the end of the day.
Ould Lamghimed died on Tuesday fromsevere burns.