Several reports now confirm that Elgarhin Nayern Foidal suffered a fatal blow, and later died in hospital from the injuries inflicted by the police The boy was in a car on his way to the newly established protest camps outside the city of El Aiun in Western Sahara, when police officers opened fire on the vehicle. Five others were injured following the impasse. Among the injured was Elgarhin’s brother.
The incident comes as tension is rising in the occupied territories. For two weeks, many Saharawis, numbering between 5,000-20,000, have set up a protest camp outside of El Aiun. The demonstration is a joint protest against the Moroccan occupation of their country, as well as the deteriorating social conditions for the Saharawis.
The killing had led to widespread condemnation. One of the British MPs, Jeremy Corbyn, called the incident "a tragedy and a disgrace."
Since 1975, three quarters of the territory of Western Sahara has been occupied by Morocco. A majority of the population is still living in refugee camps in Algeria. Those who remained in their homeland are subjected to serious harassment from the Moroccan occupiers. For more than 40 years the Sahrawis have been waiting for the fullfilment of their legitimate right to self-determination.
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