Young Saharawi shot and killed
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A 14-year old boy was shot and killed by Moroccan police last Sunday.
Published 26 October 2010


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."

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