• Short Summary

    In the Western Sahara, the Polisario Front has shown western news crews captured Moroccan and Mauritanian soldiers and equipment as the fight for an independent Saharan republic continues.

  • Description

    In the Western Sahara, the Polisario Front has shown western news crews captured Moroccan and Mauritanian soldiers and equipment as the fight for an independent Saharan republic continues.

    SYNOPSIS: These are men of the regular Moroccan and Mauritanian armed forces who have been engaged in a long war against the Polisario Front. Despite the intervention of the French aircraft in recent weeks against it, the Polisario claims it is still gaining ground. It should off these prisoners at Tindouf in Algeria to prove its effectiveness.

    This prisoner was allowed to speak to reporters. He described his capture and treatment.

    The prisoner said he was a Moroccan from Marrakech and had been held by the Polisario Front since being captured in a desert ambush a year ago, as he and his detachment were bringing supplies to other troops from a town called Smara.

    The prisoner, one of over a thousand the Polisario claims to hold, said he had eaten the same food as Saharan refugees during his captivity.

    Two years ago, the Polisario declared the Western Sahara the Saharan Democratic Arab Republic which has been recognised as an independent nation by nine African nations including the Libyan Jamahiriyah and Algeria.

    There is also sympathy among certain Western nations. A United Nations fact-finding commission recently ruled in favour the Saharan people's right to self-determination.

    These weapons, on show top newsman, are offered as proof of Polisario claims to continuing success despite mounting French military aid to Morocco and Mauritania.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVADRH0F69LMNEM2V1BKG0FRC08M
    Media URN:
    VLVADRH0F69LMNEM2V1BKG0FRC08M
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/03/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:48:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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