Nov. 13 (UPI) — Morocco’s Royal Armed Forces on Friday launched an operation alongside the southern portion of the Western Sahara border towards the pro-independence Polisario Entrance.

Morocco stated it needs to finish “provocations” that created blockades of vans touring between Morocco and Mauritania.

Western Sahara is a disputed territory in northwestern Africa that’s largely managed by the Moroccan authorities. A small portion is managed by the partially acknowledged Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, a self-proclaimed sovereign state established by the Polisario Entrance within the 1970s.

The Polisario Entrance had threatened to finish the three-decade-old cease-fire with Morocco if troops moved right into a buffer zone on the Mauritanian border.

Video footage on Friday confirmed Polisario fighters fleeing the border city of Guerguerat, positioned simply inside Morocco.

Morocco protection forces stated they stopped an escalation of violence in Mahbes, close to Algeria, with anti-tank weapons.

Morocco’s intervention is supported by United Nations peacekeeping mission MINURSO to finish the disruption of provide deliveries within the area, which Morocco has blamed on the Polisario Entrance.

“Appeals from MINURSO and the U.N. secretary-general, in addition to the intervention of a number of members of the Safety Council, have sadly been unsuccessful,” the Moroccan international ministry stated.