The Algerian-backed Polisario Front, claimed on Monday (17 September) to have killed or captured several hundred men in an ambush near the South Moroccan Garrison town of Zak.
Official of Polisario Front M. Lamaline speaking with Ould Mohamed Salah administrator of Dakhla
CU PULL OUT TO SV Salah speaking in Arabic with French translation from M. Lamaline
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Background: The Algerian-backed Polisario Front, claimed on Monday (17 September) to have killed or captured several hundred men in an ambush near the South Moroccan Garrison town of Zak. It also claimed to have destroying or captured large quantities of arms. The announcement came only a day after Morocco said its troops had killed ninety Polisario guerrillas and wounded many more in a clash at Lemsied in Western Sahara. Since Morocco annexed the territory relinquished last month by Mauritania, the Polisario Front has stepped up it war for independence. At a news conference at their headquarters in Algiers, a Polisario leader introduced a former administrator of the area recently taken by Morocco.
SYNOPSIS: The news conference was held in the Polisario Front's "Villa Nasr". One of the leaders of the movement M. Lamaline, introduced Mr. Ould Mohamed Salah as a public servant who had served under three occupations ... Colonial Spain, Mauritania and Morocco. He'd been administrator of Dakhla one of the towns in the area relinquished by Mauritania and quickly taken over by Morocco.
Mauritania, who along with Morocco had been ceded the Western Sahara by Spain in 1976 declared her neutrality in the dispute -following her withdrawal. M. Lamaline asked the newsmen to pose their questions to Mr. Salah and he would act as interpreter.
When asked what happened when the Moroccans moved in to occupy Dakhla, he said five Moroccan army aircraft arrived at three o'clock in the morning. Then the Moroccan soldiers surrounded the town and took control.
Many countries have expressed disapproval of Morocco's move. French President Valery Giscard D'Estaing stated earlier this month that since Mauritania's withdrawal the area's independence and sovereignty should be respected.