Briefing from ROAPE Volume 5 Number 11
Western Sahara: A War Zone

Western Sahara: A War Zone
Vol.5 No.11 (Spring 1978), pp84-92
POLISARIO, Morocco, Sahraouis, Decolonisation-Recolonisation, Maquis, RASD, French Intervention, Mauritania The occupation of Western Sahara by Moroccan forces began in a small way before the signing of the tripartite agreement between Morocco, Mauritania and Spain on 14 November 1975. Covered by the smokescreen of King Hassan's so-called Green March, which focused world attention, and the attention of the colonial Spanish army, on the Morocco-Sahara border at Tan-tan, the Moroccan armed forces at the beginning of November were infiltrating the eastern end of the territory around Mahbes in an attempt to seal off the border with Algeria. The fighting which took place went largely unreported in the world press.