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Western Sahara War

Years: 1975-1989
Battle deaths: 12,687 [1]

Nation(s) involved and/or conflict territory [note]
Morocco, Western Sahara, Mauritania

Published prior to 2013 | Updated: 2014-08-10 15:57:08
UCDP: "The territory known as Western Sahara was annexed by Spain in 1884 and the province of Spanish Sahara was created in 1958 by the merger of the southern Rio de Oro and the northern Saguia el Hamra colonies. The settled population was referred to as Saharawis. In two UN resolutions in the early 1970s, UN called for Spain (in cooperation with Morocco and Mauritania) to set a date for a referendum to decide the future status of the territory. First reluctant to specify this date, Spain in 1974 finally indicated that the referendum was to be held the following year. However, Morocco and Mauritania both rejected the proposal and presented claims of historical ties and former sovereignty of the territory; Morocco concerning the whole territory and Mauritania regarding the southern part Rio de Oro."

Source: Uppsala Conflict Data Program (Date of retrieval: ) UCDP Conflict Encyclopedia, Uppsala University


Data Sources

[1] Battle deaths: PRIO Battle Deaths Dataset v3.0 (link) (1946-88) UCDP Battle-Related Deaths Dataset v. 5-2014 (link) (1989-) ID: #135
Low: 9,807 High: 15,738

More about sources


NOTE! Nation data for this war may be inconlusive or incomplete. In most cases it reflects which nations were involved with troops in this war, but in some it may instead reflect the contested territory.



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