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Border countries: Algeria, Mauretania, Spain, Western Sahara territory

Morocco is involved in the non-international armed conflicts in Yemen as part of the coalition led by Saudi Arabia. Morocco is also occupying Western Sahara.

Morocco is involved in two armed conflicts. 

First, Morocco has been occupying Western Sahara since 1975.

Second, Morocco was initially a member of the military component of the Saudi-led coalition that launched airstrikes against the Houthis in Yemen in March 2015 and deployed ground troops as part of a Saudi-led ground offensive in autumn 2015. ‘Yemen Air Strikes: A Guide to the Countries Backing Saudi Arabia’, Associated Press, 10 April 2015; ‘Morocco Sends Ground Troops to Fight in Yemen’, Gulf News, 5 December 2015. However, in January 2016, Morocco informed the United Nations Panel of Experts that it was no longer contributing air assets to the Saudi-led coalition and its troops appear to have withdrawn. Final Report of the Panel of Experts on Yemen Pursuant to Security Council Resolution 2140 (2014), UN doc S/2017/81, para 29. Hence, it appears that Morocco is no longer a part of the military component of the coalition and thus no longer a party to the conflict. For further information on who is a party to the conflict, see 'contemporary challenges - who is a party?' in our classification section.

Last updated: Wednesday 31st January 2018