Sunday, on the eve of the 48th anniversary of the Green March, hundreds of Moroccans gathered in the southern city of Laâyoune to denounce the terrorist attacks orchestrated by the separatist Polisario on October 29 in Smara.
This peaceful march, initiated by local activists, trade unionists and local officials, aims “collectively reject the terrorist attacks targeting innocent civilians, and condemn the Polisario’s violent attack.”
The attack, which disturbed the southern provinces’ long-enjoyed peace, dates back to the night of October 28 to 29, at around 1 a.m., when Smara was rocked by four explosions at three sites, killing one civilian and injuring three others.
The deceased was a 23-year-old young man residing in France and visiting Smara. Among the three injured, two are reported to be in a serious condition.
Authorities have launched investigation into the projectile shootings, and the attack was immediately reported to Minurso, who are preparing a report for the UN Security Council.
But Morocco’s ambassador to the UN, Omar Hilale stated in a press conference that the Polisario are the clear suspects behind the attack.
Hilale pointed out that there has been a series of attacks targeting Smara and other cities close to the Royal Armed Forces (FAR) defense wall, insisting that no military installations were present in the affected area, and the that the assailants purposefully targeted civilians.
On October 30 in New York, the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 2703 on the Western Sahara, extending the Minurso mandate for a further year.