At least two people have died and several have been injured this morning in an attack with a Moroccan military drone in the town of Ain Bentili, which is located on the border between Western Sahara and Mauritania.
The attack is part of a series of military operations carried out during the last day about a kilometer from a Mauritanian military base, according to information from the Ecsaharawi news portal.
The fatalities in this latest drone attack are a woman and a young man, who has been identified as her son. Both have been hit by a missile when they were inside a vehicle.
In addition, in the area there Several seriously injured given that the attack took place in a transit area for civilians moving towards Mauritania.
For its part, the Mauritanian Army has confirmed the death of a woman and has targeted several disappeared, including a minor. Search and rescue operations carried out by Mauritania continue in the area.
The Saharawi news agency SPS has accused the Moroccan forces of carrying out a “barbaric bombardment” against Saharawi and Algerian citizens and properties as part of a policy of escalation by an “occupation regime”.
As reported to EFE by a security source in Zuerat, 600 kilometers north of the capital of Mauritania, Nouakchottspecified that the vehicle attacked came from the Saharawi camps of Tindouf, in the southwest of Algeria, and was headed to the Mauritanian town of Bir Um Grin, in the far north of the country.
Sources on the ground have confirmed that During the weekend there have been at least eight bombings, which have resulted in several victims, in addition to damage to water tanks, camps and trucks.
The new armed incident occurs after three Algerian civilians lost their lives on November 1 in a similar bombing against a commercial convoy in the same area and which Algeria attributed to Morocco.
The situation is of high tension in this part of the Sahara since the Moroccan Army expelled Saharawi militants at the end of 2020 that they had been blocking for several weeks the only road between Mauritania and the Saharawi territory and that Morocco used to connect with sub-Saharan Africa.
A day later, the Polisario Front announced that it considered the ceasefire signed in 1991 with the mediation of the UN to be broken and the beginning of harassment actions along the so-called defense wall, built by Morocco.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.