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.