On February 8th , 20-year-old Saharawi Mohamed Lamin Haidala succumbed to death from his injuries sustained during an assault from five Moroccan settlers on February fourth. In the assault he was stabbed in the neck and beaten in the ribs repeatedly. Though in need of emergency medical care, he only received sutures for external wounds, though internal trauma had required urgent surgery. Haidala was not transferred to an adequate care facility until after two days of investigations had concluded. By that time, it was too late.
This incident makes it the second time that a Saharawi has been killed by Moroccan settlers. Furthermore, it is the time a Saharawi has died as result of either an assault, torture, or negligent medical treatment.
The family of the young Sahrawi demanded that the Moroccan occupation authorities open an investigation into the circumstances of the incident and hold those responsible for the killing of their son to account, but none of the perpetrators were arrested for their criminal actions.
It is not the first time that the Moroccan occupation deliberately condone crimes perpetrated by Moroccan settlers against Saharawis in the occupied territories.