• Short Summary

    The Moroccan army on Saturday (31 January) displayed to journalists weapons captured from Algerian soldiers during a battle at Amgala Oasis, Western Sahara several days before.

  • Description

    The Moroccan army on Saturday (31 January) displayed to journalists weapons captured from Algerian soldiers during a battle at Amgala Oasis, Western Sahara several days before.

    The Moroccans also claim to have killed about 200 Algerians, and captured another 100 in the fighting.

    The combined Algerian and Polisario guerrilla force retreated before superior Moroccan numbers and firepower.

    Under an agreement signed with Spain last year, Morocco and Mauritania are to be given joint control over the Western Sahara, formerly a Spanish territory, at the end of February.

    Algeria has ignored the agreement and supports the Polisario Front, a Sahara Independence movement.

    Moroccan Field Commander, Colonel Ben Othman, said Algeria controlled parts of northern Mauritania and several strongpoints in north east Western Sahara.

    The country, desolate, but rich in phosphates, shares borders with Algeria, Morocco and Mauritania in the north west corner of Africa.

    Journalists who travelled to the Amgala Oasis, 180 miles (300 kms) from the Algerian border, were shown captured Algerian combat rations and weapons.

    Colonel Ahmed Dlimi, commander of Moroccan forces in the Sahara, told the newsmen that his forces had lost only two men with 14 wounded in the two-day battle around the oasis.

    He said his forces surrounded the oasis on the night of 26 January as part of a general anti-guerrilla operation.

    An estimated 10,000 Moroccan troops have entered the Sahara since the agreement was signed with Spain in November.

    SYNOPSIS: Amgala Oasis, a collection of half a dozen slate shacks in desolate Western Sahara, and the scene of a bitter two-day battle between Moroccan forces and a combined Algerian and guerrilla force. The Algerians retreated before the more numerous and better equipped Moroccans, leaving behind weapons and equipment.

    The Moroccans claim they killed two hundred Algerians, and captured another one hundred for the loss of only two men and fourteen wounded. Colonel Ahmed Dlimi, commander of Moroccan forces in the Sahara showed the captured weapons to newsmen who flew out to the lonely oasis.

    He told the journalists his forces surrounded the oasis on the night of January the twenty sixth as part of a general anti-guerrilla operation. He said the Algerians were accompanied by a small force of Polisario guerrillas - a Saharan Independence movement.

    Under an agreement signed with Spain last year, Morocco and Mauritania are to be given joint control over the Western Sahara. Algeria had declared the agreement null and void and actively supports the guerrillas.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAK4R5ZEC5QL5B9JC62GBP1OMH
    Media URN:
    VLVAK4R5ZEC5QL5B9JC62GBP1OMH
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/02/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:12:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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