Sahrawi children play by the February 27 refugee camp, near Raboumi. The Western Sahara is at the root of decades-old hostilities between Morocco and Algeria. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
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Morocco's government is threatening to take control of U.N.-monitored buffer zones in Western Sahara amid concerns that the mission is failing to keep out Polisario Front independence fighters. The warning Sunday came as the U.N. is preparing a report this week on whether to extend its 27-year-old peacekeeping mission for Western Sahara, a territory claimed by both Morocco and the Polisario.Morocco annexed Western Sahara, a former Spanish colony, in 1975 and fought the independence-seeking Polisario Front.In 2016, Morocco expelled over 70 people working for the U.N. mission in Western Sahara, known as MINURSO, after then-U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon used the word "occupation" in talking about Western Sahara.
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