Rabat – The El Guerguerat crossing between Morocco and Mauritania is now completely secured through the setting up of a security cordon by the Royal Armed Forces (FAR), pursuant to the High Instructions of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, Supreme Commander and Chief of FAR General Staff, said on Friday a statement from the FAR General Staff.
“In accordance with the High Instructions of His Majesty the King, Supreme Commander and Chief of FAR General Staff, an operation was conducted on November 13, 2020, according to clear rules of engagement prescribing to avoid any contact with civilians,” the statement said.
During this operation, the armed polisario militia opened fire on the Royal Armed Forces, who fired back and forced the militiamen to flee, without recording any human damage, the same source said. This operation follows the blocking by polisario militiamen of the road axis crossing the area between Morocco and Mauritania.
“After taking note of the engagement of the Royal Armed Forces, carried out in application of the High Instructions of His Majesty the King, the polisario militiamen voluntarily set fire to the tent camp they had established and fled in Jeeps and trucks towards the East and South, under the eyes of MINURSO observers,” the statement said.
“The passage of El Guerguerat is now completely secured by the setting up of a security cordon, ensuring the flow of goods and people through the crossing between the two border posts,” the statement concluded.