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Polisario receives new armoured vehicles

09 March 2017

Algeria has recently supplied new armoured vehicles to the Polisario Front, according to Moroccan press reports.

Senior officials of the Polisario Front inspect BTR-60PB APCs during an event held in Bir Lehlou on 4 March. (Rasd TV)Senior officials of the Polisario Front inspect BTR-60PB APCs during an event held in Bir Lehlou on 4 March. (Rasd TV)

With extensive Algerian support, the Polisario Front resisted Morocco's 1976 annexation of most of the western Sahara until a ceasefire came into effect in September 1991.

The Moroccan newspaper Akhbar al-Youm reported on 8 March that Algeria had supplied light armoured vehicles with special desert wheels and Toyota 4x4 vehicles. In an apparent reference to the comparatively modern BTR-82A armoured personnel carrier (APC), the Le 360 news website reported on 5 March that Algeria had handed over Russian-made VTB-82A vehicles armed with 30 mm cannons and 7.62 mm machine guns.

Meanwhile, photographs emerged showing senior Polisario officials inspecting older BTR-60PB APCs, Toyota Land Cruisers, and Land Rovers during a parade held in Bir Lehlou on 4 March.

The Polisario's Sahrawi People's Liberation Army is not previously known to have operated BTR-60s.

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