Sahrawi resources looting: Three vessels intercepted with 175 000 tonnes of phosphate

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(SPS) – The Group for Western Sahara Resources Monitoring and Environment Protection reported the interception of three vessels of different nationalities that were about to ship 175,959 tonnes of Sahrawi phosphate, as part of Morocco’s systematic looting of Western Sahara resources.

According to a statement posted on its Facebook page, the Group for Western Sahara Resources Monitoring and Environment Protection intercepted Friday two ships in front of the port of Occupied El Aaiun, which were about to pick up a shipment of phosphate delivered by Moroccan occupation authorities.

The first vessel, ILIA (IMO 9490650), was flying the Liberian flag while the second, Geneva (IMO 9731248), was flying the Swiss flag.

A third vessel, VS HAYAKITA (9760158) flying the Panamanian flag, joined the two others in the evening.

The vessel GENAVA left the occupied territories for the port of Mobjack Bay in the United States, carrying 57,587 tonnes of plundered phosphate, while the other two ships are waiting for the green light to leave for the same destination.”

The group also intercepted “a new, foreseeable load of wind turbines carried by Aramis (IMO 9815329), a vessel flying the Dutch flag, for the benefit of the Spanish company Siemens Gamesa, according to the statement.

The vessel had left occupied El Aaiun on August 25 towards the port of Motril, Spain, before returning again, trying to conceal its involvement with Siemens Gamesa in the execution of projects in the occupied territories of Western Sahara to the benefit of Morocco.

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