UN: Fears of conflict in Western Sahara rise

A confidential UN report last week accused both Morocco and the Polisario Front of ceasefire violations in Western Sahara after they sent security forces and fighters into the buffer zoneTensions in the Western Sahara region remain high between Moroccan troops and fighters of the Polisario independence movement, UN officials said Wednesday amid growing fears of a full-blown conflict. Tensions flared recently after Morocco began road construction in the area south of a buffer zone separating the two sides. The construction has been met with resistance by Polisario Front fighters, who are separated from Moroccan troop on the opposite side of the land strip by some 120 meters (yards), the UN spokesman said.

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