Mohamed Salem Ould Salek head of diplomacy of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic proclaimed in 1976 by the Polisario independence fighters declared that the movement was mobilizing “thousands of volunteers” to join its armed forces.
Salek’s exact words stated that thousands of volunteers are joining the military regions among those who have finished their training. Hundreds more are swelling the ranks of military schools.
The leader spoke of “fighting continuing crescendo” in the far south of the territory. However, he did not provide any details and it was impossible to verify independently the truth of these claims.
This statement — accompanied by a decree of a “state of war” and the end of the ceasefire signed in 1991 under the auspices of the United Nations, was in light of a military operation in the buffer zone of Guerguerat launched by Morocco.
Its objective was to reopen the road leading to neighbouring Mauritania after three weeks of a road blockade — which was unblocked on Saturday.
The road has served as a match to set flame to the already volatile and tense relations between the Polisario and Morocco mounting since 2017 in Western Sahara.