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16 Nov 2020

Western Sahara Resource Watch

Morocco launches military intervention in Western Sahara to re-open its trade route

''Morocco intervenes militarily to re-open its plunder corridor", 13th of November 2020

This morning, Morocco militarily intervened in the area called Guerguerat in the south-west corner of Western Sahara. Reports from the ground have explained that the Moroccan military forcibly reopened the trade route from Western Sahara to Mauritania, which has been blocked by Saharawi protesters since 20 October.

Morocco is using Guerguerat to export products from Western Sahara that are then transiting through the port of Nouadhibou, Mauritania. The days following the start of the Saharawi blockade of the trading point, trucks full of fisheries products were observed queuing to cross.

"...Foreign governments and companies should support the peace process by refraining from supporting Morocco’s baseless claims to the territory through trade that international courts find illegal”, stated Valentin.