PUSL.-On the same day that the meeting between Pedro Sánchez and the Moroccan foreign minister was held, the Spanish Foreign Ministry warns of the danger of traveling to Tindouf , according to the ministry, the information is based on “reliable information from a reliable source about insecurity in the Sahrawi refugee camps” due to possible terrorist attacks from Mali and Mauritania.
Spain, seems to have recent and reliable sources that contradict the information provided on the pages of the various foreign ministries of Europe and the United States who are also unaware of the potential threats and danger of visiting the refugee camps.
Apparently Spain does not trust the UN Minurso mission in the area who patrols daily in dozens of 4×4 vehicles the zones around the refugee camps and borders of Mauritania and along the separation wall.
It is also suspicious that Spain has not added the danger information like other countries such as Germany, Denmark, the United Kingdom and others that advise against traveling alone to Morocco and warn of the dangers of terrorism in Morocco.
For Spain Morocco is a safe country.
In the information page on Algeria of the USA – a country that must have an army of reliable sources – it can be read that the danger that comes from Mali is only real 250km from its borders. Tindouf is 450km from the Mali border.
On the website of the United Kingdom Ministry of Foreign Affairs we can read in relation to Morocco:
Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Morocco.
UK Counter Terrorism Policing has information and advice on staying safe abroad and what to do in the event of a terrorist attack. Find out more about the global threat from terrorism.
Two foreign nationals were murdered while hiking near Mount Toubkal in December 2018. Moroccan authorities arrested 4 individuals in connection with the murders, including one individual they say had links to “an extremist group”, following the release on social media including Daesh affiliated media of a video apparently showing one of the murders.
There is an increased threat linked to the number of Moroccans sympathetic or belonging to Daesh (formerly referred to as ISIL) and other extremist groups. Authorities regularly report the disruption of terrorist cells across the country. Crowded areas, government installations, transportation networks, businesses with Western interests, and areas where foreign nationals and tourists are known to gather may be at higher risk of attack. You should be vigilant in these areas and follow any specific advice of the local security authorities.
As far as Algeria, the United Kingdom also alerts to possible terrorist attacks but not in the Tindouf area.
This announcement from Spain a few days before the SADR congress and one day after several harsh prison sentences for peaceful activists in the territories occupied by Moroccan courts is another way of actively supporting the Moroccan propaganda machine.
The SADR and the Polisário Front have immediately issued a statement condemning this attack and calling on Spain to assume its responsibility in the Sahara conflict.