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Deadly clashes in raid on Western Sahara camp

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Deadly clashes in raid on Western Sahara camp

Deadly clashes in raid on Western Sahara camp
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It is some of the worst violence in years amid the longest-running territorial dispute in Africa.

Several people have been killed in clashes in Western Sahara, as Moroccan security forces broke up a protest camp.

The number of victims differs according to sources – up to five dead on the Moroccan side, up to 13 protesters.

For weeks, thousands of Saharawi people have been living in a tent camp near Laayoune, demanding jobs and better living conditions.

The storming of the site prompted claims of genocide by demonstrators outside Morocco’s embassy in Madrid.

A former Spanish colony, Western Sahara was annexed by Morocco in 1975. Ever since it has been at the centre of a bitter dispute between Rabat and independence campaigners.

The clashes erupted as UN-brokered talks on ending the stalemate got underway near New York.