In the case of the Algerians allegedly killed by Morocco, Algeria was quick to threaten reprisals without providing any evidence of its accusations. The Algerian neighbor has already started to arm the Polisario to do the dirty work for him.
Algeria has been leading propaganda since Monday according to which 3 men died in a drone attack sent by Morocco. The Algerian presidency has deliberately hidden the place where the alleged incident took place.
But quickly, several sources including Minurso (the UN observation mission) indicated that the charred trucks were found in the Sahara, near Bir Lahlou, that is to say not far from the Moroccan defense wall and in the area. with limited restrictions.
For their part, the bodies of the victims were not found; they were reportedly transferred to the Tindouf camps. And it was only the next day that the Minurso teams were alerted, and could not send observers until a day later.
This means that the Algerian trucks entered the Sahara, precisely in a military zone where access is prohibited to civilians. Access even more forbidden to Algerians since the land borders with Morocco have been closed since 1994 and since August, Algeria has decided to sever its diplomatic relations with Morocco.
According to the Spanish press, Algeria, which attributed the responsibility for the facts to Morocco, has already started to arm the separatist Polisario militias to attack the kingdom, in particular all-terrain vehicles, essential for waging war in the Sahara. For Razon, there is no doubt that it is Algeria which “foments” and “intensifies the war” at the same time.
“It seems clear, according to the sources consulted, that Algeria can use the Polisario Front to articulate the” reprisals “that it announced in its press release after the death of the drivers. The consequences of this initiative remain to be seen since Rabat has made it clear that it does not want warlike clashes but that it will not stand idly by while waiting to be beaten, ”indicates the Spanish media.
At the same time last year, Algeria pushed the Sahrawi separatists to leave the Tindouf camps and block the road to El Guerguerat, the only road linking Morocco to Mauritania.
For twenty days, the armed militias of the Polisario blocked the flow of trade between the Rabat and Nouakchott and prevented 1,500 truck drivers from working. Their cargoes were forcibly unloaded and diverted to Algeria.
“It is striking how quickly Algiers blamed Rabat for the attack on its citizens, who were traveling in two trucks from Mauritania to their country and who, for unknown reasons, were in an area closed to civilians. and to the military, ”La Razon wrote.
The same source wondered what trucks were doing in this area, believing that from the start, the facts were surrounded by “confusion”. As for the exact place where the alleged attack took place, “it is the Mauritanian army itself which has had to specify, on two occasions, that the attack did not take place on its territory. ”, Because the Algerian presidency did not mention it.
“For the moment, the members of Minurso have confirmed that the trucks were in the aforementioned buffer zone, to the east of the Moroccan defense system, where any movement, of soldiers or civilians, is prohibited. What were they doing there? “
And the media to question whether the trucks were really targeted by drones as Algeria claims, estimating that the damage caused by a bomb throwing drone would have done much more damage than those shown in the photos of the two trucks taken by the Polisario separatists, the same people who hastened to announce the alleged attack to the Mauritanian media earlier this week.